Sources close to Overbrook Entertainment, the 46 year-old’s production company, have stated that talks about reviving the show are at an early stage and the reboot would “put a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series”.
A pitch for the reboot is close to being finished and once completed, Overbrook will start looking for a network to broadcast the show.
NBC, the home of “Fresh Prince” in the US from 1990-1996, (the sitcom was broadcast on the now defunct channel Trouble, BBC 2 and MTV in the UK) have expressed an interest in screening the reboot.
Their chairman, Robert Greenblatt said: “At the moment we are not involved in the project but I would be happy to talk to Will about it”.
Will, who was the star of the original series, would serve as executive producer for the reboot with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and his Overbrook partners James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett (Jada’s brother) assisting him.
Will was not the only person to benefit from the shows first run as Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), Jeffrey Allen Townes (Jazz), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler) and the late James Avery (Uncle Phil) all became house hold names.
The show also featured guest appearances from stars such as Nia Long, Chris Rock and Tyra Banks.
Watch some classic “Fresh Prince” moments below:
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