Saturday, January 29, 2022

Cast of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ to Reunite for 30th Anniversary Reunion Special on HBO Max

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Cast of the Fresh Prince (1993-1996)

*The cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have agreed to come together for an unscripted reunion special set to air on HBO Max. 

According to Deadline, series star Will Smith will reunite with co-stars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Back in April, Smith and the original cast paid tribute to the late James Avery, who played Uncle Phil.

The special will be taped on Sept. 10, and will mark the 30-year anniversary of the series’ premiere on NBC. 

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996 for six seasons. 

The reunion will examine the cultural impact of the series, and feature music, dancing, and surprise guests, per Complex

In related news, “Fresh Prince” is getting a dramatic reboot based on Morgan Cooper’s viral clip and is “currently being shopped” to various online streaming services, including Netflix. 

READ MORE: Will Smith Reunites With ‘Fresh Prince’ Cast (Watch)

This time, the story of the street-smart teen who moves in with his rich uncle in Bel-Air, California will not be a comedy, BBC reports. 

The drama will be a co-production between original series star Smith and his Westbrook Studios as well as original producers Universal TV, per Complex

The reboot was inspired by a viral YouTube trailer that flips the script on the narrative. Smith described it as a “brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation.”

Watch the trailer via the YouTube clip above.

Cooper is attached to the project as writer, director, and co-executive producer.

Original creators Andy and Susan Borowitz will serve as executive producers, alongside Smith and original EP’s Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot has been “in the works” for more than a year. The project is currently being shopped to Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, and other potential homes, the report states. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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