It’s official: Bel-Air is coming to the small screen!
Peacock has ordered two seasons of the series adaptation of cinematographer Morgan Cooper’s 2019 fan trailer titled Bel-Air — which is a dramatic reimagining of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Will Smith, who starred in the original ’90s comedy, announced the news in a video posted to his YouTube channel.
In the footage, Smith called Cooper and Bel-Air’s executive producer Chris Collins to deliver the big announcement.
“I’ve been in this business for 30 years and that does not happen,” Smith said of the series order. “They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done.”
Cooper’s drama is set in modern day and highlights serious issues, such as police brutality, gang crime and wealth inequality. It also explores what it’s like for a Black family to live in Bel-Air in today’s social climate.
“There’s so many layers to these characters,” Cooper said. “We’re really going to peel back the layers of these characters and explore this world in an unforgettable way. It’s a show that’s really going to surprise people in the best way possible.”
Explaining where the idea to make the drama came from, Cooper shared: “I was driving on 71 in Kansas City and I was just thinking about the show.”
“It’s a show that we all grew up with, all ’90s kids. It’s a part of our life. I drove under this overpass and when I came out the entire world just hit me all at once,” he continued. “The vision just became so clear, and I was like I have to make this.”
“It’s an idea that came straight from the heart. Two years later to be walking in this journey together with you [Will] and Chris is not only a dream come true, but it’s something that I honestly feel was destined,” Cooper added.
Peacock announced that Bel-Air is a “serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.”