There are few movie stars who will ever enjoy the success that Will Smith enjoyed at one point in his career. Yes, he is still a movie star, especially with Suicide Squad set for a huge opening this weekend. After more than 20 years as a blockbuster marquee name though, everyone still associates Smith with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Hollywood is pretty reboot happy these days, but in a recent interview, Smith pretty much crushed any hope that a Fresh Prince reboot will ever happen.
Will Smith is the biggest star in Suicide Squad, so he is currently on a big press tour for the movie. During the course of that press tour, he sat down with E! News, and the subject of a Fresh Prince reboot came up. Smith was not at all optimistic about the prospect. Here is what he had to say.
"I don't think ever-like, pretty close to when Hell freezes over. Pretty close, like, we're gonna leave that one alone."
Around this time last year, there were rumors that a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot was in active development with Smith's production company Overbook Entertainment. He was not set to star in the series, but would have served as a producer. However, his comments are less than encouraging. It is very possible that the reboot was being pursued, but these comments make it seem as though if that did actually happen, it didn't go very well.
We know that Smith certainly wouldn't star in a reboot of the series that made him a household name, especially after his new comments. As for some of the other cast members from the original run of Fresh Prince? That isn't looking much better. A few months after the initial rumors of the reboot circulated, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton, didn't seem overly positive about it either. Speaking with Huffington Post, here is what he had to say about a Fresh Prince reboot.
"And if it happened, it wouldn't be Fresh Prince. It would be something that's taking the story of the show and having all new people do something. To me, that's not Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There's one Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Is Will Smith starring in it? No. Then it ain't no Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air originally ran for 148 episodes over six seasons from 1990 to 1996. The show changed Will Smith from a rapper to a big time actor, and once the show went off the air, Will Smith started his run as "Mr. July," with hit after hit at the summer box office for years. Smith has done a lot since Fresh Prince went off the air, but he has always seemed to embrace the role that made him a massive star, but it looks like he wants to leave it as is.