Anyone who loves '90s television is about to get more good news: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” might come back. Will Smith’s NBC sitcom, which ran from 1990 through 1996, is reportedly being rebooted, joining the likes of “Boy Meets World,” “Full House” and “The X-Files.”
According to TV Line’s exclusive report, the show is in the very early stages, and Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Productions, hasn’t even started to pitch the show to networks. Their plan is to update the show to put “a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series,” the report states.
However, Smith won’t star in the series. He would only serve as producer along with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. TV Guide suggests that this could be a show for his son, “Karate Kid” star Jaden Smith, but casting details likely won’t be announced until a network actually takes on the project.
“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is the latest in a long line of '90s reboots recently announced, including “Coach,” “Fuller House,” “The Magic Schoolbus,” “Girl Meets World,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Twin Peaks" and more. It’s understandable why networks want to bring these shows back. They were once successful and they have name recognition. Plus, nostalgia for the 1990s is very trendy right now, but is the craze ending? Some fans took to Twitter to say they loved “Fresh Prince” but that it should stay in the '90s.
Will Smith wants to reboot Fresh Prince. Usually, I support anything Big Willy does, but what has the world done wrong to deserve this?
— Arthur Mink (@arthurmink007) August 13, 2015
So Will Smith Is Producing A Fresh Prince Reboot? Eh... Please Don't Ruin A Classic
— Cøøg #TrippyAssVegas (@BrOimDope) August 13, 2015
— ben klinkenbergh (@Benji_K82) August 13, 2015
I don't care what cast it secures, the Fresh Prince reboot is not going to be good. If it is, I'll be the first to admit I was wrong.
— Flynn Altomare (@FlynnAltomare) August 13, 2015
there's going to be a reboot of the fresh prince ?? really?
— crystal ☁️ (@SHADESOFTAEMIN) August 13, 2015
This is getting ridiculous. Now the Fresh Prince is getting a "reboot". Just stop with all those damn reboots already! *facepalm*
— Peter V. Baikun (@PVBaikun) August 13, 2015
Is TV getting too crowded with '90s revivals? It’s hard to judge the success of these revivals when only “Girl Meets World” is actually on the air right now. With two successful seasons, that return obviously worked, but are audiences eventually going to get sick of seeing these shows brought back?
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