25 years ago today, Will Smith took on the role as the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ and the show pretty much set the stage for ’90s TV. Now, the creator is reflecting on his hit show — and that ‘reboot’ that Will is working on.
Last month, the news broke of a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reboot in development, with Will Smith jumping on as executive producer. However, with the anniversary of the show’s premiere here, the creator, Andy Borowitz has spoken out in a new interview, and he’s not so keen on the idea.
“It’s not a reboot exactly,” Andy told Complex magazine. “From what I understand, Will is producing a fish-out-of-water comedy that’s described as being in the same vein as Fresh Prince.”
While this surprised many of us, he also didn’t sound too canny on the idea of a reboot, if that is what it is. “I would rather not envision a 2015 Fresh Prince. The 1990 one is still going strong. Although I do get a lot of complaints that it’s not on Netflix yet. What’s the hold-up, Netflix?”
We are wondering the same things about Netflix’s short-comings, but more than anything we’re kind of surprised that Andy’s not working with Will on the project! If it’s trying to have the “same vein” as the original show, you think the creator would be on board too.
Will Changed Andy’s Music Views
“I don’t see Will very often, but whenever I do he is a joy to spend time with. For someone who became such a huge star it’s remarkable what a cool and nice person he still is,” Andy added, also saying that Will pretty much introduced him to the world of hip hop — he only knew of Run-DMC‘s version of “Walk This Way” before Fresh Prince.
“By the end of the first season of Fresh Prince, I had worked with every early ’90s rapper from Queen Latifah to Heavy D. It was incredibly fun, and I became a hip-hop fan, which I still am,” he said. Today, he listens to Kanye West, Eminem, 50 Cent, Beastie Boys and Tribe Called Quest.
Alright guys, what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you want to see a reboot? Do you think it’s necessary? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta