Peacock is turning a viral ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ trailer into a series

The show will reimagine 'The Fresh Prince' as a modern-day drama.

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Peacock is turning a reimagined, modern-day version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air into a two-seasons series. It’s based on a spec trailer for the show that went viral last year. 

As Will Smith himself said, “We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch. I’ve been in this business for thirty years and that does not happen. They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch.”

The series, Bel-Air, will be an hour-long drama following the same characters you know from the original show. But each character, from Will to Carlton and Uncle Phil, has been reimagined for 2020. 

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The project was pitched to streaming services last month, and according to Deadline, it started a bidding war. Peacock and Netflix were reportedly the final contenders.  

Morgan Cooper, who came up with the idea for the Bel-Air trailer, will direct and co-executive produce the series, which he’s co-writing with Chris Collins, an executive producer and showrunner. The show is also executive produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television.

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Peacock is turning a viral ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ trailer into a series