The series will be based on Morgan Cooper’s fan-favorite film that dramatizes “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
The Bel-Air drama has landed a home, and a new generation of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will make its way to airwaves. Last month, there were rumors that the Bel-Air drama that reimagines the popular comedic serious with a more solemn approach was in talks to becoming a full-length series. It all turned out to be true, and the series, based on Morgan Cooper’s famed fan film, has been dubbed as a “reinterpretation” of the 1990s sitcom where viewers will explore deeper interpersonal relationships and conflicts with the characters.
Will Smith, the Fresh Prince himself, announced that Peacock has acquired the hourlong series for two seasons. Bel-Air will be produced by Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios along with Universal Television. Will shared the good news with Morgan Cooper in a video he posted to social media.
“We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch,” Smith said. “I’ve been in this business for thirty years and that does not happen. They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done. So I want to say congratulations. I am hyped.”
In the caption to his video over on Instagram, Smith praised Cooper’s original film. “Everybody sent it to me. It was outstanding. I had NEVER envisioned revisiting the Banks family in this way.” Check out his post below and let us know if you’re excited to see the upcoming Bel-Air drama.
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18 months ago, a young filmmaker from Kansas City @cooperfilms uploaded a video on YouTube reimagining The @freshprince of Bel-Air for present day as a DRAMA! Everybody sent it to me. It was outstanding. I had NEVER envisioned revisiting the Banks family in this way. We knew this was special, so we called @ryokanproductions and asked him to lead the team (he wrote on The Wire) and he said YES! Months of writing, developing and pitching… and now it’s happening. “Bel-Air” got a TWO SEASON order, debuting in 2021 on @nbc’s streaming service @peacocktv. Morgan Cooper and Chris Collins, you are THE TRUTH!! 📹: @westbrook