Imagine The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a modern-day gritty drama and not a (quite brilliant) 90s sitcom.
That’s exactly filmmaker Morgan Cooper has done with an incredible reworked version of the beloved show.
The clip hit the internet earlier this week and has already racked up nearly one million views.
Cooper bases his reimagining on the same characters, meaning Will is the focal point and Uncle Phil, Carlton and Jazz all appear too.
Some of the most recognisable sequences from the opening credits are still on show in the film. Will getting into a fight on the basketball court takes a much darker turn as he’s found to have a gun. Of course Uncle Phil steps in to save Will from being thrown in jail.
The footage captures Will struggling to adjust to life in Bel-Air before excelling in the school basketball team and finding his feet. There’s even a nod towards Alfonso Ribeiro’s iconic Carlton dance.
Bel-Air was shot across six months when he had downtime from his other gigs. Morgan filmed the Philadelphia sequences in his hometown of Kansas City. “It was an intensive process,” Cooper told okayplayer. “The living room we shot in the first act of the piece — with Will and his mom — is actually my aunt’s living room.”
“I’m very excited for everything that has happened and receive it humbly,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I’m a black creative and representing myself and expressing myself authentically is of the utmost importance to me.”
It’s now been 29 years since the original Fresh Prince arrived – so it seems like the perfect time for a movie adaptation. Given the popularity of this trailer, Morgan’s own take on the story could prove to be a very interesting direction to go with it.