Those of us who lived through the '90s will never forget how Will Smith shot to stardom with his iconic role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
As a treat to the show's die-hard fans, young director Morgan Cooper has recently released a "trailer" for Bel-Air. It looks so realistic that it's hard to believe the movie is not.
Bel-Air is a darker and more realistic revival of the '90s show. However, it did keep the original key storylines and characters.
Cooper did such a great job that even well-known actors were impressed. Meanwhile, fans called for Netflix to sponsor the film.
Unfortunately, neither Will Smith nor his co-star Alfonso Ribeiro believes the reboot would and should happen. Cooper also doesn't have any plans to work on the movie.
But rumor has it, something very special might just be in the works already.
Even though Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the sitcom, aired in the early '90s, its fan base is stronger than ever.No one could deny: Will Smith's acting was on point, making us laugh every time.
But have you ever imagined what Fresh Prince would look like if it were a drama with a dark backstory?
He gave the funny show a dark twist.Esquire noted, in the '90s Fresh Prince Will ends up with the Banks family because he "got caught tagging a wall and getting in 'one little fight.'"
Cooper used "guns, police brutality, and privilege" instead.
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He "always thought there was more to the story."
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Our favorite aspects and storylines of the '90s show are still in it.
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Just like in the original show, Will gets sent to Bel-Air to live with his relatives.And just like in the original, it's because he has got into trouble back in West Philadelphia.
But the trouble in the new trailer is a lot worse.
The trailer begins with Will's mother lecturing him about the reality of his situation.Daily Mail says, this isn't "the comically gray-haired and bespeckled mom pointing her finger at the camera in Fresh Prince's opening credits."
This mother is scared for her son's future.
"For some reason, you think this is a game. This is not a game, Will," she says.
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The trailer then shows what got Will into trouble.
He and Will get into a fight. The police show up.
Will is sent to the Banks.
The most important aspects of the original Fresh Prince are all there.
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Carlton's iconic dance moves also made it into the trailer.
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Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton in the 90s, has recently shared that he doesn't think the show will ever return, especially since James Avery's (Uncle Phil) passing.People, "I think it’s impossible with James Avery being gone."
"Do we really want to see Will and Carlton in their 40s and 50s?"
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In Cooper's version, the Banks' mansion seems more intimidating than impressive, Daily Mail says.Uncle Phil also reassures Will right away that he will never bail him out again.
"In this house, I'm not Uncle Phil. I'm the law," he says.Unlike in the sitcom, Will doesn't tease Uncle Phil. Instead, he shows he understands.
And there's definitely no laugh track.
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However, it's not all dark for Will from here on.Towards the ending of the trailer, we see Will making a life for himself in Bel-Air. He gets into the Bel-Air basketball academy, and he meets Lisa.
Cooper shared on social media that over 100 people worked on the trailer.That includes both in front of and behind the camera, Independent writes. It clearly paid off: almost 2 million people have watched it.
No actual movie is coming to theaters.
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Jonathan Daniel Befort wrote, "It would be a perfect movie, a TV show would be too much. They did a really good job finding someone who could pass as a young Will Smith."Angi Evans Schuster: "OMG...please someone back this to make it into reality!!! I'm not a huge fan of remaking shows, but the new twist is...pardon the pun...the freshest I have ever seen!!!"
Even Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks in the original sitcom, was impressed.
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Alyssa Milano also thought it was "f***ing brilliant."
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"When we first made this thing, I was really confident in the art," he said.
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