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That’s according to a report published by TV Line, revealing that the Hollywood A-lister is keen on the modern-day revival, which is seemingly still in its nascent stages. It states that Smith is “in the very early stages of developing a present-day Fresh Prince reboot that puts a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series.”
Whether the revamped version of the long-running family sitcom – the same one that launched Smith’s career in the first place – will toe the line of a full reboot replete with a new cast or, on the other hand, serve as a spinoff allowing older members of the original cast to cameo, »
- Michael Briers
Is Will Smith working on a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reboot? Not quite — but TV may see a similar character from the multihyphenate.
Sources confirmed to Variety that Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is in the very early stages of developing a comedy in a similar spirit of “Fresh Prince.” While not a straight reboot, the show — about which there are so far only preliminary talks, with no writer attached yet — would focus on a fish-out-of-water character, like Smith’s was as he was thrown in the high-class Bel-Air lifestyle. But the project would be a completely new show, with different characters.
As of late, TV has been aggressively banking on older properties. Showtime is developing a “Twin Peaks” revival with David Lynch, Fox will air new “X-Files” episodes early next year, NBC is reviving “Coach” and Netflix picked up “Full House” for a sequel series.
The popularity of “Fresh Prince, »
- Alex Stedman
Will Smith is heading back to Bel-Air, with TV Line reporting that the star is developing a TV reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There are no plans for the actor to star in the reboot, but his production company Overbrook Entertainment is in the very early stages of developing this project. The pitch is set to be finalized soon, with the production company taking it to various networks over the next few weeks.
The project reportedly puts a new spin on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, while maintaining the spirit of the original series. The show ran on NBC for six seasons, between 1990 and 1996, launching rapper Will Smith's acting career. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air centered on Will Smith's character Will Smith, whose "life got flip turned upside down" when his mother sends him from his Philadelphia home to live with his aunt and uncle in their posh Bel-Air home. »
With the constant barrage of reboots and revivals dominating TV recently, is there any possible way that this project could sound Fresh? According to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot/revival is currently underway with Will Smith serving solely as an executive producer. Ausiello states that “multiple sources” tell him that “Smith’s production shingle, Overbrook Entertainment, is in the very early stages of developing a present-day Fresh Prince reboot that puts a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series.” Additionally, Ausiello also reports that “a pitch is being finalized now and Overbrook will begin shopping it around in the coming weeks. Smith would serve as an Ep alongside his Overbrook producing partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith.” It’s unclear whether Smith’s potential Fresh Prince project would be a continuation of the original series, similar »
- Chris King
"Yo, holmes to Bel Air" – again!
According to TVLine, your '90s TV dreams just might be coming true – "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" will get the reboot treatment.
Details on whether it will be a reboot of the original NBC series – which ran for six seasons ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
And it's not even April Fools' day... A reboot of the beloved hit 1990's TV sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" could be coming to a TV screen near you in the near future, thanks to the star of the series, Will Smith, who is currently developing it via his production company Overbrook Entertainment. The news comes courtesy of a TV Line exclusive this afternoon. Smith's Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith will executive produce as well. Of course Will Smith will not star in the reboot; instead plans are for a revival of the series with a fresh take on the original idea - the goal being to create something original that still retains »
- Tambay A. Obenson
And it's not even April Fools' day... A reboot of the beloved hit 1990's TV sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" could be coming to a TV screen near you in the near future, thanks to the star of the series, Will Smith, who is currently developing it via his production company Overbrook Entertainment. The news comes courtesy of a TV Line exclusive this afternoon. Smith's Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith will executive produce as well. Of course Will Smith will not star in the reboot; instead plans are for a revival of the series with a fresh take on the original idea - the goal being to create something original that still retains much of what made the 1990's comedy so successful. There've been rumors of a "Fresh Prince" reunion for years, whether as a one-off special, or even as a movie. But this is »
- Tambay A. Obenson
If you thought the '90s reboot craze would calm down after Girl Meets World and Fuller House, you were wrong. According to TVLine, Will Smith is producing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot. Jada Pinkett-Smith, her brother, Caleeb Pinkett, and James Lassiter would also produce the reboot, which would be another fish-out-of-water story. That's about all the information we have for now. Stay tuned for an official synopsis if the project goes forward! And yes, the above Gif is an appropriate reaction to this news. »
Smith is said to be in the very early stages of "developing a present-day Fresh Prince reboot that puts a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series."
It isn't clear if the program will be a full reboot or a follow-up in the same continuity. Smith is only expected to produce the project along with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and James Lassiter.
No writers or actors have been announced. The project joins the growing list of 1990s shows scoring revivals including "The X-Files," "Twin Peaks," "Full House," "Coach," and "Xena: Warrior Princess".
- Garth Franklin
Now, this is the story all about how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got flipped, turned upside-down.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the exploding revival craze is expanding to include the classic ’90s sitcom, with original star Will Smith leading the charge (this time solely as a producer).
According to multiple sources, Smith’s production shingle, Overbrook Entertainment, is in the very early stages of developing a present-day family comedy that puts a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of Fresh Prince. (An »
Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the African American teenager who was tragically and brutally murdered in 1955 for reportedly asking a white woman on a date.
After allegedly flirting with a 21-year-old white co-owner of a Mississippi grocery store, Carolyn Bryant, Till was killed when Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, showed up at the house of the 14-year-old teen’s great uncle and took him away, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him in the head and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. Till’s family had an open-casket funeral so everyone could see the brutal attack on his body.
Jay Brown and James Lassiter will also serve as exec producers, alongside Jay-z, Smith and Kaplan. Kaplan originally pitched the idea to the A-list duo, who immediately jumped at the chance to tell the story. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
On the heels of their collaboration last year for the musical Annie, Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up once again: They've signed on to executive-produce a mini-series about Emmett Till for HBO. In 1955, 14-year-old Till was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in what's known as one of America's most brutal hate crimes. His mother famously had an open-casket funeral for her son so that newspapers would print photos of the gruesome nature of Till's attack. Till's killers were acquitted but later confessed to murdering the teen. Smith and Jay Z, along with Jay Brown, James Lassiter, and Aaron Kaplan, will bring "an immersive and in depth exploration" of Till's story to HBO for what's expected to be a six-hour series. So far the mini-series is untitled and has no writers onboard. Also in the works are two competing Emmett Till movies: one spearheaded by Roger »
- Dee Lockett
Will Smith and his production company, Overbrook Entertainment, have struck a deal with Sony Pictures to produce the high school comedy “Ultra”. According to sources, the actual premise of the film project is being “kept under wraps” except to say that it will be a “R-rated event movie starring teenagers”. The film will be produced by Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and James Lassiter for Overbrook, with Sandy Stern of Single Cell Pictures. The film will be written by Hollywood wunderkind twin brothers Shea Mirzai and his brother Evan, who, for the last three years in a row, have had a script on the prestigious “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays. They did »
Black List alums Shea Mirzai and Evan Mirzai have been hired to write the high school comedy “Ultra” for Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the project is described as an R-rated event movie starring teenagers. The idea was hatched internally at Overbrook before the Mirzai twins pitched Caleeb Pinkett during production of Sony’s football drama “Concussion,” who bought it then and there. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Pinkett will produce for Overbrook along with Sandy Stern, who runs R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s company Single Cell Pictures. »
- Jeff Sneider
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and multimedia production outfit Alpine Labs have signed an agreement to co-produce Coffin Point, a new one-hour TV series based on the true crime book Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witch Doctor Sheriff, by Baynard Woods. Overbrook’s Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter will share executive producer credits with Alpine Labs’ Kevin Abrams and Jamie Denenberg. The deal was struck by Lassiter and Denenberg… »
Matthew McConaughey.s recent cinematic renaissance looks set to continue after it was confirmed that he.d become attached to The Billionaire.s Vinegar, an intriguing tale of deception, wine and Thomas Jefferson. Deadline was the first to reveal that the Academy Award-winning actor has signed up to star in The Billionare.s Vinegar, which will come from Sony Pictures and revolve around an auctioned cache of wine bottles that were allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. It turns out that they actually never belonged to the third President of the United States, and this revelation soon leads to all-out mayhem. Matthew McConaughey is the first actor to sign up for The Billionaire.s Vinegar, but the producers and scribes involved suggest that he is in very good hands. The team of Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith, who were previously behind The Pursuit Of Happyness »
The actor is attached to appear in the film, which tells the story of a real-life scandal involving wine bottles thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson.
The film focuses on the case of a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux which was bought for $156,000 by billionaire Bill Koch, Deadline reports.
It's claimed that the wine was once owned by the American Founding Father, but was revealed to be a fake following a lengthy private investigation.
It was previously announced that McConaughey will star in Born to Run, which is based on Christopher McDougall's novel. »
Based on the novel by Benjamin Wallace, the story deals with the scandal that ensued when an auctioned cache of wine bottles purported to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson were called fakes.
Hardy Rodenstock was a music manager-turned-wine dealer who unearthed the bottles. Billionaire Bill Koch bought them for a half a million, spend double that investigating them, and then sued Rodenstock.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »
- Haleigh Foutch
The project is based on the Benjamin Wallace book, which traces the history of vintage Bordeaux bottles believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that were auctioned by wine company Christie’s for exorbitant prices. Many experts have concluded that the bottles were never Jefferson’s.
The film will be produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, whose credits include “3:10 to Yuma” and “Wanted,” are writing the adaptation.
The project has been in development since 2008, when the producers acquired rights to Wallace’s book before it was published.
The book centers on a Forbes family member paying $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s asserted was part of a Jefferson cache discovered in France. That »
- Dave McNary
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