The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast are reuniting for an HBO Max unscripted special. Will Smith will be joined by Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The cast is getting together to reunite and shoot the special on September 10th. The date may sound familiar to hardcore fans of the special since it will be 30 years to the day that the iconic sitcom first premiered on NBC.
While The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is shooting on the 30th anniversary next month, the special won't air on HBO Max until November. A firm release date has not been announced, but it is believed that special will air around the Thanksgiving holiday. "The gang will return for a night of music, dancing and surprise guests," according to a statement. Marcus Raboy is set to direct the special, which will be executive produced by Rikki Hughes. Hughes will also serve as showrunner, along with Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser, and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media.
HBO Max is the current home of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where all six seasons are currently streaming. The sitcom originally ran from 1990 to 1996 on NBC. The cast recently reunited virtually for Will Smith's Snapchat series. They spent a decent amount of time paying tribute to the late James Avery, who starred as Uncle Phil on the series. A tribute video was put together, which showcased some of Uncle Phil's most popular moments, along with some tender moments behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew. One can imagine that the cast will be doing the same for the HBO Max special.
In addition to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special, a dramatic reboot, titled Bel-Air, is also in the works. Will Smith is collaborating with YouTuber Morgan Cooper to develop a much darker and grittier take on the source material. A mock trailer was released, which outlined how young Will finds himself in Bel-Air. Instead of "one little fight," the police find a handgun, which makes matters worse. From there, the rest of the trailer is reminiscent of the original series, seen through a much darker lens that the lighthearted series.
While The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a comedy series, it did not shy away from tackling sensitive subjects. Police brutality and racism were addressed, and those episodes are still talked about today. It will be interesting to see how Bel-Air is received when it airs. Before then, long-time fans will be able to check out the reunion special later this year. In order to prepare, a marathon of all 148 episodes can be achieved by subscribing to HBO Max, which will also have the long-awaited Zack Snyder cut of Justice League and the Friends reunion special, which should go into production soon. Deadline was the first to announce The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion news.