Prepare yourselves for some major nostalgia, people, because the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast is about to be back and better than ever! Yep, according to Deadline, the original cast of the iconic ’90s TV show is headed to HBO Max for an unscripted reunion special celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary.
Stars like Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff are set to film the special on September 10 — which is exactly 30 years after the first episode premiered on NBC in 1990. The publication reported that the special will “look back at the series as well as its cultural impact,” and we can’t wait! Unfortunately, there’s no release date for it just yet.
As fans know, this exciting news came just weeks after The Hollywood Reporter, announced that Will was set to team up with film director Morgan Cooper to turn Fresh Prince of Bel-Air into a drama series called Bel-Air. The possible reboot was described as “a dramatic take on the beloved ’90s comedy that catapulted Will to stardom over six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from West Philly to the tony Los Angeles neighborhood. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”
Back in 2019, Morgan first came up with the idea of bringing the show back to life when he made a mock trailer and uploaded it to YouTube.
“Ever wonder what The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might look like if it suddenly returned to the airwaves in 2019? Well, given Hollywood’s current penchant for giving everything a ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ backstory, it would probably look quite a bit like this superbly made fan film by director Morgan Cooper,” he captioned the trailer when it first came out. “Simply titled Bel-Air, it gives Will Smith’s young ‘Will’ a considerably more dire origin story while keeping all of the major Fresh Prince beats intact.”
Now, it looks like this dream might just become a reality in the near future!
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