Will Smith Announces Major Moves With NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV (VIDEO)

by Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)

(Courtesy of Will Smith)

LOS ANGELES — Actor, producer and media mogul Will Smith announced that a “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” reboot has been picked up by NBC’s Peacock TV streaming service. On Tuesday, Smith revealed on his YouTube channel that “Bel-Air” was ordered for two seasons.

We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch,” Smith said to writer/director Morgan Cooper and writer/executive producer Chris Collins. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years, and that does not happen.”

According to the press release form NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV, “set in modern-day America, BEL-AIR is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

With a reimagined vision, BEL-AIR will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.”

After Cooper shot a trailer of the reboot that got more than six million views, Smith loved the idea and called it brilliant.

I was driving on 71 in Kansas City, my hometown,” Cooper said, explaining how he got the concept for Bel-Air. “I was thinking about the show and it’s show we all grew up with all ’90’s kids. It’s apart of our life. I drove under this overpass, when I came from under that over pass the entire world just opened up for me.

Smith will also serve as the show’s executive producer and advisor.

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