Comedy classic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a show synonymous with growing up in the 1990s. It’s also a period where anyone who watched the show will be fully aware of who Will Smith was and grew up to be.
But with talk of a new, rebooted show coming to the small-screen, it’s set for one very big change.
According to TMZ, the re-imagined comedy series will star a woman as opposed to a lead character famously portrayed by Will Smith in his early acting career.
They report that the production company that owns the rights to ‘Fresh Prince’ are looking to swipe the rights to ‘Fresh Princess’, too. They’ve reportedly filed an application for its trademark – including television rights and virtually every other platform of media.
The site also state that trademarks for the likes of backpacks, bags, animal collars and clothing and footwear are in the process of being obtained.
It’s also been reported that the owners of the Fresh Prince trademark filled for rights to Fresh Prince toys, fueling speculation that a TV cartoon series was on the horizon.
A Fresh Princess of Bel-Air wouldn’t exactly be a surprisingly announcement in 2018; considering we’ve already had an all-women feature film of Ghostbusters and a women-led Ocean’s 8 on its way to cinemas.
The one eye-raiser, however, is that it’s been 22 years since the American-set show ended, leaving many to question whether the premise and concept will still resonate today. The often addressed themes of relationships, class division, and racism would surely be relevant today – maybe even more so.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran from 1990 until 1996, and accumulated 140 episodes. Besides creating Hollywood legend Will Smith, it also propelled co-stars Tatyana Ali and Alfonso Ribeiro to stardom, and of course cemented the late James Avery as a screen legend.
The original cast reunion didn’t exactly go off without a hitch, when the actress who played Aunt Viv branded Carlton as a**wipe.