Will Smith, who made the transformation from rapper to actor as the fresh-faced star of NBC’s comedy hit The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, is looking to go back to the formula that made him a screen star. Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment is in very early stages of development on a new comedy series project that draws parallels to the 1990s NBC sitcom. I hear it is a fish out of water family show in the spirit of Fresh Prince.
Because of the similarities in the setup and Smith’s involvement as a producer, the project has been informally referred to in industry circles as a new Fresh Prince, and has been reported as a Fresh Prince reboot. However, sources stress that, at least for the time being, the comedy in question is a new show with new characters and a new setting, only sharing the general fish out of water family show concept with Fresh Prince. There is no writer yet for the project, which is in nascent stages of internal development at Overbrook. It is still at an idea phase, with no fleshed out concept. There is no studio attached.
If a project is taking on Fresh Prince in any way, it has to be done with Universal TV, which owns the rights to the original series. I hear the studio has not been approached about doing a Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air-branded show.
The new family comedy is executive produced by Smith and his Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith.