Get ready for your life to be flipped, turn upside down because we’re getting a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off. Huge, I know.
It seems like Will Smith is having a bit of a nostalgia trip lately, with his recent Bel-Air Athletics clothing line and now the show reboot, but I don’t think anyone is complaining about it.
In a recent Hollywood Reporter profile on Will Smith, it was revealed that the extension of his *brand* is going to include the Fresh Prince spin-off we’ve been waiting for for two decades.
At this stage we know basically nothing about the show, other than the fact that it’s in development under Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Westbrook Media company.
Considering Will Smith is still cashing in “hefty” royalty cheques after 20 years, he doesn’t need to give us a Fresh Prince reboot, but he’s decided to do it anyway. He’s giving the people what they want.
We’ve been teased with Fresh Prince revivals since the show ended in 1996, but after Uncle Phil (James Avery)’s death in 2014, it was looking very unlikely.
After six seasons and 148 episodes, the show concluded with the Banks family selling their Bel-Air property to move closer to their daughter, Hilary in New York. Hilary had her own talk show, while the other children, Ashley and Carlton, were off to a performing arts school and Princeton respectively.
Will’s character struggles with having no future ambitions, so the beloved Uncle Phil helps him find a California apartment so he can finish his college degree.
Honestly, there’s so many possible stories to tell in the spin-off. Will we get an insight into Ashley and Carlton’s lives after college? Maybe Hilary goes on to become the next Oprah? And what the hell is the Fresh Prince himself up to? Maybe he’s raising his own kids in Bel-Air? I simply MUST know.
Considering Smith told E! News in 2016 that he didn’t want to do a reboot ever, it’ll be interesting to see how the new
“I don’t think ever, like pretty close to when hell freezes over. Like we’re going to leave that one alone,” Will said in 2016.
With a new Fresh Prince in the works, it might be time to stock up on Bel-Air Athletics gear to wear on the couch while you binge-watch the first six seasons.