The trailer opens with the title BEL-AIR and an African-American male sitting on what looks like a self-appointed throne. This isn’t the setting of a campy 1990s sitcom where everyone laughs at the Carlton dance. This is REAL LIFE. It’s HARD up in these streets.
*And cue laughter*
That’s what I expected to happen when I watched the “trailer” for what appeared to be a film called BEL-AIR, based on the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which aired from 1990 to 1994. But apparently, things have changed. This trailer shows an edgier time where the fictional Will has some serious conversations with his mom before she sends him from the streets of Philadelphia to the luxuriant hills of southern California.
There’s only one problem. None of it is real.
Yes, you’ll still meet Will. And Will meets Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian. And his cousins Hilary and Carlton. But there’s no laugh track. This is a look at what the story might look like if tackled today by a legitimate filmmaker. And you know what? We’d actually go see this movie.
This trailer is fan fiction. Really good fan fiction from director, writier, and cinematographer, Morgan Cooper who admits this passion project took over six months to complete. And the payoff might be worth it.
Cooper confirms that Will Smith has actually seen the trailer and if he can garner some star power support and interest, he might actually create a modern day Fresh Prince. At the very least, this viral video has made his name and his work most likely known in places where it otherwise wouldn’t be.
What would happen if Will Smith made The Fresh Prince today? Bel-Air, a story of a kid from Philly whose life got turned upside-down… in 2019. A fan made film.
Starring Jerry Madison as Will Smith (https://www.instagram.com/jerrymadisonjr
Filmed on location in Kansas City & Los Angeles