Will Smith Developing Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reboot: Report

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot
Will Smith will reportedly come on as a producer for the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank

Guess who’s back? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may just be the latest in a string of ‘90s sitcom revivals, and it's rumored to be produced by none other than the show’s former star himself, Will Smith.

Smith, who became a household name after the success of the TV series, will return to the franchise in a producing role, not a starring role, TVLine.com reports.

According to the site, the actor’s production company, Overbrook, is still in the early stages of developing the narrative arc and characters for the reboot, which will be a modern-day version of the original series, as opposed to a remake of the ‘90s hit.

Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, may also come on board as a producer.

The original series aired for six seasons, from 1990 to 1996, and launched Smith’s acting career. Prior to the show, the now-46-year-old actor was an emcee and one part of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

The show, which also starred Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, and James Avery, revolved around the respectable California Banks family and their misadventures after taking in street-smart, wise-cracking teen Will, played by Smith.

To date, other major ’90s series that are making a comeback are Full House, Coach, Twin Peaks, and The X-Files. Additionally, Disney debuted Girl Meets World, a spinoff of ABC’s ‘90s hit Boy Meets World, last June.

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