Will Smith Developing Comedy in the Spirit of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
According to Variety, Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is in very early stages in developing a comedy in a similar spirit of “Fresh Prince.” While not a straight reboot, the show, which is only in preliminary talks with no writer attached yet, would focus on a fish-out-of-water character, like Smith’s was as he was thrown in the high-class Bel-Air lifestyle.
As of late, TV has been aggressively banking on older properties. To name a few: Showtime is developing a “Twin Peaks” revival with David Lynch, Fox will air new “X-Files” episodes early next year, NBC is reviving “Coach” and Netflix picked up “Full House” for a sequel series. “Fresh Prince’s” popularity has remained strong since it went off the air in 1996. Starting in 1990, the comedy aired on NBC for six seasons (and Universal TV currently owns rights to the original series). Reruns continues to air in syndication, with Viacom networks BET, Centric and MTV hosting old episodes. The new comedy will be executive produced by Smith, along with Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith.