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Will Smith 'working on Fresh Prince' remake

Published 14/08/2015 | 07:57

Is Will Smith about to bring back the Fresh Prince?

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Will Smith is reportedly working on a The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reboot.

Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will also be in the jungle. Photo by: Jan Sonnenmair/NBCU Photo Bank
Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will also be in the jungle. Photo by: Jan Sonnenmair/NBCU Photo Bank

The 46-year-old actor played a fictionalised version of himself on the hit TV sitcom, which aired from 1990 to 1996.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air catalysed many pop culture references including the term ‘The Carlton’ - slang used to describe the dorky dance Alfonso Ribeiro’s character Carlton Banks performed in various awkward moments throughout the series.

And according to TVLine, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is likely to experience a rebirth on small screens, as Will’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is apparently in the very early stages of developing a reboot.

The new version of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will reportedly be set in modern day. And even though the programme will differ from the original in numerous ways, the outlet insists “the spirit of the original series” will be maintained despite the new direction.

Will would serve as executive producer on the project along with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and their Overbrook Entertainment colleagues Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter.

Executives are said to be working on fleshing out the official longline now and it’s claimed they’ll have a package to begin pitching within the next few weeks or so.

Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose for pictures during a photo call to promote their latest movie
Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose for pictures during a photo call to promote their latest movie "After Earth" on the mainplane of the Soviet-made Buran space shuttle, placed at the Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after M. Gorky, in Moscow May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ivan Burnyashev

It’s unknown who they’ll be shopping the project to, but NBC, the network The Fresh Prince of Bel Air originally aired on, would be interested in picking it up.

“[I’d] be happy to talk to Will [Smith] about it,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, emphasising the network has no involvement in the reboot concept at this time.

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