Actor preparing to pitch a 'Fresh Prince' remake
Will Smith is plotting a reboot of iconic ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
That’s according to TVLine sources that claim Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is preparing to pitch the show to US networks, with the rapper and actor dedicated to serving as a producer on the project.
The original Fresh Prince ran for six seasons on US network NBC from 1990-1996 and starred Smith as a West Philadelphia teenager – also named Will Smith – who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in the affluent area of Bel Air, Los Angeles.
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday (August 13), NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said that he’d “be happy to talk to Will [Smith] about it”, although nothing has been finalised.
One project Smith is not involved in, however, is the forthcoming sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day after he turned down the opportunity to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller. Independence Day: Resurgence will, however, see the return of Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner, along with newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner. It is scheduled for a June 24, 2016 release.