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Will Smith 'Developing' Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Spin-Off Series

Will Smith 'Developing' Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Spin-Off Series

There's some potentially great news for fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the 90s sitcom starring Will Smith as a fictionalised version of himself chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool - sometimes shooting some b-ball outside the school.

That's because, according to the Hollywood Reporter, there's now a reboot of the classic show currently in the works - some 23 years since the final season wrapped.

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The entertainment outlet reports that Will Smith is currently expanding his global brand, part of which includes a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off.

The project is apparently being developed under Westbrook, the holding company for Smith and his wife Jada's businesses which they launched earlier this year.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Credit: PA
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Credit: PA

The Hollywood Reporter said: "In addition to producing Smith-fronted film projects Westbrook is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spinoff series (he still earns hefty royalties from the 1990s NBC sitcom, now licensed to air in 193 territories)."

Westbrook CEO Kosaku Yada said: "It has definitely been a creative rebirth for Will.

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"He comes to the office and loves to see the social content people are working on. It's the closest thing to performing onstage because of the immediate feedback."

The news goes against what Smith has previously suggested - having told E! News a few years back that he didn't think a reboot would ever happen, adding: "Like, pretty close to when hell freezes over. We're going to leave that one alone."

Smith's former co-star Karyn Parsons - who played Smith's snobbish cousin Hilary Banks - also said earlier this year that she didn't feel hopeful about the chance of a revival.

During an interview on Lorraine, the actor explained one of the key reasons was the tragic loss of James Avery (who played Uncle Phil), who passed away in 2013 at the age of 68.

Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Credit: Warner Bros.
Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Credit: Warner Bros.

However, even if he was still around, she said she wasn't sure it would happen anyway.

She said: "For us, the loss of James Avery changed the whole picture.

"I don't think it would have happened anyway but with James gone, it is not possible."

Parsons did say the remaining cast members were still in touch, and remain a tight knit family off-screen.

She continued: "Yeah, we were very much like a family and it still feels like a family when we see each other.

"It's like picking up where we left off when we see each other."

LADbible has contacted Westbrook for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Will Smith

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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