That's right: The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, arguably the second most '90s TV show to come out of the '90s (after Saved by The Bell, of course) is getting a full-on reboot for the modern age, according to an "exclusive scoop" from TVLine.
Details are pretty scarce at this point, but here's what we "know": Will Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is currently developing a reimagining of the iconic show that launched his career, taking the "fish out of water" story and spinning it for the modern age. While the new show's pitch is being finalized, Overbrook apparently plans to begin shopping it around in the next few weeks. Whether the reboot'll open with a rap song and feature guest appearances by Jazzy Jeff, however, remains unclear.
Now, all of this is still pretty speculative at the moment, since neither Overbrook nor Smith himself have released an official statement, but just for the sake of argument, let's just imagine the rumors are true.
Has Will Smith lost his god damned mind? The two things that made the show such an enduring hit -- the stellar cast, and the overall '90s-ness of it -- will presumably not be involved in this go-around, so why exactly is this happening? Considering how deeply rooted in nostalgia our current love for The Fresh Prince is, any attempt to recreate the "lightning-in-a-bottle" nature of the show seems doomed from the start. Seriously, no Carlton? No Uncle Phil? No actress that replaced Aunt Viv later on in the series?!
Then again, if they get Jayden Smith to write the whole thing, it could turn into the most abstract and metaphysical sitcom ever created. Suddenly this sounds like a brilliant idea.
What do you think? Is this somehow good news, and we're totally wrong about the new show's potential? Let us know how stupid we are in the comments.
Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he can get a whole group to rap just by saying the words "In west Philadelphia." Follow his high fade tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org