'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' to reunite with HBO Max
Let's get ready for some sick verses by Fresh Prince as the Bel-Air family is slated to reunite on the sets of HBO Max in November! Sources confirm that a dramatized, unscripted comical nostalgia trip of that 90s hit sitcom series will be staged by the streaming platform; it will also feature numerous surprise visits by unconfirmed celebrity guests.
Lot of involvement expected from Will Smith's production team
There will be a lot of involvement from Will Smith's production team in this event. Lukas Kaiser, Brad Haugen and Miguel Melendez from Westbrook Media will serve as executive producers of this event. Marcus Raboy will serve as the director and Rikki Hughes, the executive producer of this show, which has handed over the rights to stream all its 148 episodes to HBO Max.
Who all will be present at the event?
Interestingly, this will be a musical night, full with dance performances by the invitees. Fans expect their favorite superstar Will Smith to bring back his glorious run as the teenager from West Philadelphia, shaking a leg and rapping to the yesteryear's grooves on the stage that will also host co-actors Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Joseph Marcell, Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali.
Last month, news of a spin-off did the rounds
In another development, a fan-made trailer of a series reboot has garnered over 6 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube last year. Bel-Air by Morgan Cooper was a dark-gritty take on the comical misadventures of Fresh Prince back in the 90s, and this has got Smith executive producing the one-hour show with Cooper writing, directing and co-executive producing this venture.
What is the original show all about?
The 1990 sitcom had Smith as a troubled teenager, who moves to his uncle's house in Bel-Air, CA from Philadelphia. Once there, he discovers a whole new environment as he faces racial struggles. This plot, in turn, was inspired by the life of executive producer Benny Medina, who shifted to Beverly Hills from his hometown in east LA. The show catapulted Smith to stardom.