Fan Trailer Re-Imagines FRESH PRINCE Into Modern Drama (VIDEO)

Now this is how you put yourself on the map.

Kansas City filmmaker Morgan Cooper just released a fan-made trailer called Bel-Air, a modern, slick-yet-gritty dramatic re-imagining of the 1990s Will Smith sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

And that’s all it is — a fan-trailer — meaning that it’s not promoting an actual reboot of the property or some longer-form version of it. Smith is not attached to the project, nor are any of the orignial series creators or producers. It’s just a one-off piece from an indie filmmaker wanting to show what he’s made of. And wow,¬† does he ever.

Twitter lit up with excitement, wanting to see this become reality (read some of those reactions here). Amateur acting aside, the Bel-Air fan-trailer is a very intriguging take on a nostalgic IP. Moreover, what Cooper has envisioned and created here makes a serious statement of what he’s capable of.

I don’t know if Bel-Air will ever actually become a thing (although if Will Smith was smart he’d already be in contact with Cooper to explore the possibility), but ultimately that’s beside the point. Bel-Air is an attention-grabbing calling card, one that will hopefully lead to meetings and development deals for Cooper.

Hollywood allegedly wants to continue to invest in minority voices; well, they’ve just been handed one (an African-American) on a silver platter. This is really well-made, both visually and conceptually. Hire this guy.

(Check out more of Cooper’s work on his Vimeo page as well as his website.)


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