Will Smith, currently starring in the new action film “Gemini Man,” is revisiting his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” roots and working on a reboot of the 1990-96 NBC series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Westbrook Inc., a new media company founded by Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, is developing a “spinoff” of the sitcom, which still pays syndication and streaming royalties to its star. The Reporter offered no further details about the project.
Rumors of a reboot have popped up in the two-plus decades since the show went off the air, as the cast still stays in touch and reunites on occasion. When E! asked Smith about a potential remake in 2016, he quickly shut down the possibility, saying, “I don’t think ever, like pretty close to when hell freezes over. Like we’re going to leave that one alone.”
But he was more coy in 2017 when UK talk-show host Graham Norton asked him about the possibility, to which Smith replied, “Man, I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one!” — referencing the well-to-do relative (played by the late James Avery) who took in the teenage, fictionalized version of Smith on the sitcom.
Still, the reboot news may not surprise his fans: He recently did another “Fresh Prince” money grab by releasing a jazzy new line of athletic wear inspired by the show. But you better shop fast: items are only available through Monday.