‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Drama Reboot in the Works, Will Smith Attached as Executive Producer
IM VAGUELY INTERESTED...IF WILL CAN KEEP HIS FAMILY OUT OF THE PROJECT.share
I'm so fed up with classic shows being rebooted. There's been a few decent ones like Hawaii Five-0, and The Conners, but most shows are a product of their time and should be left in the past.share
Will Smith is undercutting the value of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with his gritty drama reboot
There's a "desperate undertone to the prospect of Bel-Air becoming a reality," Charles Holmes says of Will Smith's plan to turn cinematographer Morgan Cooper's Fresh Prince viral trailer Bel-Air into a full-blown TV series. Holmes points out that Fresh Prince "already had layers of tension and complexity in its best episodes," which paved the way for Smith having one of the most successful acting careers of his generation. Holmes adds: "Reinventing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a realistic, gritty drama not only suggests that merely existing as a beloved sitcom is no longer enough — it also fails to acknowledge that the show was always part drama operating within the structure of a family-friendly sitcom. Fresh Prince thrived during a boom time for lack television. In the Nineties, your average black sitcom (Martin, A Different World, The Jamie Foxx Show) was concerned with blue-collar anxieties or the mundane reality of a middle-class existence. These shows were colorful and jagged disrupters at a time when network TV advertisers had finally realized that black people had disposable income like their white peers. One crucial outcome of having so many black shows to choose from is that very few of those shows had to build their runs around justifying a singular vision of blackness. Instead, they gave a new generation of characters the chance to occupy a space where their trauma was often implicit, but not the first or even most important trait about them. (Kenan & Kel, to take just one example, would have been a lot less funny if it included a crushing season-long arc about the ways multinational soft-drink companies market to black communities.)
Remake Cheers but a gritty, crime show.