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Last month, a fan-made trailer created by cinematographer Morgan Cooper that reimagined The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a dramatic indie film rather than a ’90s sitcom went viral. And among those who saw it was Will Smith.
The Fresh Prince star not only saw the trailer, titled Bel-Air, he loved it, Smith said in a video he posted to his YouTube channel Friday.
Bel-Air, nearly four minutes in length, has more than 3.3 million views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon.
Smith called it “brilliant.”
“Morgan did a ridiculous trailer for Bel-Air,” Smith said in part. “Brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation.”
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996.
Bel-Air was shot over six months, Cooper told okayplayer after his trailer began to take off in popularity.
“When we first made this thing I was really confident in the art,” he told okayplayer then. “The Internet’s the Internet. You never know if something’s gonna catch a spark or not. I’m very excited for everything that has happened and receive it humbly. But at the end of the day I’m a black creative and representing my culture and expressing myself authentically is of the utmost importance to me.”
Smith said there were options if something more came of the trailer.
“The dramatic version of these ideas means that you can use existing storylines,” Smith said in his Friday video. “But, it’s not going to seem like you’re redoing an episode because the storyline is going to be brand-new from the dramatic perspective.”
Watch Smith’s full reaction along with the trailer for Bel-Air below.
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