Trailer For Gritty 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Series Goes Viral Despite Not Being Real
A director has re-imagined what 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' would look like in 2019, and the results are... surprisingly, really, really good.
A trailer called Bel-Air was uploaded about a week ago and in that time has been viewed on YouTube just under three million times.
The gritty re-imagining follows young Will as his life gets flipped, turned upside down. While he's shooting some b-ball outside his school, a couple of guys are up to no good.
Unlike the jaunty rap, this version of Will is caught with a gun and sent off to live with his stern wealthy uncle... in a town called Bel-Air.
The clip comes from cinematographer and director Morgan Cooper and stars Jerry Madison as Will. Cooper told okayplayer the trailer took six months to make but it was an exploration of the more serious themes the iconic '90s comedy glazed over.
"Growing up I always thought there was more to the story more behind the sitcom format," Cooper said, "I thought, ‘Wow, we could take this story and really ground it in reality in a really dramatic way.'"
Throughout the series, Will wears clothes referring to Meek Mill -- the Philly rapper who has had his own fair share of run-ins with the law.
"Hip-hop goes hand in hand with Fresh Prince," Cooper told okayplayer, "So to tie those aspects together -- Philly, Meek, and my version of Fresh Prince -- was very important.
"It touches on the justice system a little bit. What people go through in these communities. I felt it was really important to pay homage to Meek and what he means to his community," he said.
Fans of the original -- and those who have just randomly seen Cooper's trailer -- are begging for it to be made into a movie or a limited series.
So far, Cooper believes Will Smith hasn't seen the trailer juuust yet, but it's only a matter of time.
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