Deadline brings word that Will Smith has plans to produce a new “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” style series through his Overbrook Entertainment.
Unofficially dubbed a new “Fresh Prince” within the industry, there are currently no plans to fit the untitled series into the existing “Fresh Prince” continuity. That may change down the line, however, as the show’s conceit is said to borrow heavily from the themes of “Fresh Prince,” following a protagonist who similarly has his or her life “flipped-turned upside down,” moving into an unfamiliar environment.
The original “Fresh Prince” also stars Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons and Tatyana M. Ali as Smith’s cousins, Carlton, Hilary and Ashely Banks. Smith’s aunt, Vivian, was played in seasons one through three by Janet Hubert-Whitten before Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role for the second half of the series. James Avery, who tragically passed away last year, played “Uncle Phil” Banks, who often served as a foil for Smith’s antics. Joseph Marcell, finally, put in a memorable performance as the Banks’ butler, Geoffrey.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” premiered in 1990 and ran for six seasons on NBC. It followed Smith as a charismatic teen who, after getting into trouble in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, moves in with affluent relatives living in Bel-Air, California.