The Prince of Bel-Air: remake as a drama – and with Will Smith as a producer

"The Prince of Bel-Air" as a drama series, can that go well? The "Fresh Prince" aka Will Smith believes in it and produces the reboot.

The 90s sitcom "The Prince of Bel-Air" is still very popular today and was the initial spark of the career of Will Smith (51). It has now been announced that a new edition of the series is in the works for the production company Westbrook Studios run by Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith (48). But anyone who thinks that the reboot is about another comedy production is very wrong.

Because the idea behind the return of the "Fresh Prince" is a man named Morgan Cooper, who turned the story about the young troublemaker from West Philadelphia into a serious drama in a fan trailer. His video quickly became an internet hit last year and finally caught the attention of the real "Prince of Bel-Air". According to "Deadline", Chris Collins ("The Wire") has already been brought on board as showrunner, and Cooper should be allowed to direct.

Whether Will Smith himself will play in the drama version of "The Prince of Bel-Air" has not yet been confirmed or denied. As the title star, he is of course ruled out, but another leading role would be possible at least given his age – that of Uncle Phil. For comparison: the late James Avery (1945-2013), who played the annoyed head of the family in the original, was at the beginning of the series 45 years old – so six years younger than Will Smith these days …