We may not have seen the last of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The 90s TV series put Will Smith on the map and helped make him the mega-star he is today. But that's just it. In many ways, there is no Fresh Prince without Smith, so if he can't be convinced to do a reboot/revival of some kind, then it probably won't happen. However, the actor has offered some hope on that front, as he reveals they have actually been mulling over just such a project.
Will Smith, in addition to promoting his turn as Genie in Disney's Aladdin, which just had a very successful debut at the box office over the weekend, is helping to promote a new book titled The Fresh Princess. The book sees a female version of the character from the TV series and comes from author Denene Miller. As it turns out, the book was Will Smith's idea, so that at least indicates, to some degree, that the actor isn't totally done with the character that helped to make him famous, even if it's not him at the center of these new projects. Will Smith had this to say about it.
"There are such beautiful ideas in 'The Fresh Prince,' and 'The Fresh Princess' now, of being uprooted, and to have to make your way in this strange new world."
When asked specifically if The Fresh Princess could be the next iteration of the series, Will Smith, sounding genuine, said "We hadn't thought about that." Then talk turned to Smith reuniting with his original Fresh Prince cast members for some sort of reboot. While remaining non-committal, the 50-year-old actor did offer some hope for those who might like to see with Will is up to in adulthood. Here's what he had to say.
"We're thinking about it but we... it just has to be... it was like a perfect 3-pointer at the end of the game. So I don't wanna go back and mess it up."
Interestingly enough, when asked about the prospect of a reboot in 2016, Will Smith was far less optimistic, saying it would be "close to when Hell freezes over." So what's changed? Well, reboots and revivals are more popular now than ever and, undoubtedly, NBC, the network behind the original series, would absolutely love to have any sort of reboot/revival of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Smith behind it.
Another interesting point is the recent trailer from filmmaker Morgan Cooper that was released online and went viral, showcasing his version for a more gritty reboot of the series, simply titled Bel-Air. Will Smith loved the idea so much that he interviewed Cooper on his YouTube channel. Maybe we'll get that version with Smith as a producer instead? Just a thought. In any case, if someone can persuade Smith that this is a good idea that won't sully the show's legacy, the Fresh Prince may be making a comeback. This news was previously reported by Good Morning America.