WATCH | Will Smith gives blessing to Bel Air remake

If you grew up watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air you would remember a mostly lighthearted comedy where we were introduced to the greatness that is Will Smith.

The US sit-com, which hit our screens in 1990, was the actor’s break-out role and followed the story of a troubled teenager from ‘Philly’ who had moved to LA to live with his rich relatives.

The catchy theme tune, co-written by Smith, tells the story of how his character “got in one little fight and my mom got scared, she said ‘You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'”.


While the TV show, which lasted six seasons, took a comedic approach to the story, a fan who grew up to become a cinematographer has taken the plot down a darker path.

Morgan Cooper used his own money to produce the trailer and launched it on YouTube in March with the caption “What would happen if Will Smith made The Fresh Prince today? Bel-Air, a story of a kid from Philly whose life got turned upside-down… in 2019″.

It has had more than 3.67 million views and caught the eye of Smith, who has described it as ‘brilliant”.

Smith went so far as to meet with Cooper and discuss how he came up with the idea that he believes could easily become an eight-episode drama.