A lot of folks do not care for movie reboots, and while we don’t necessarily agree, that perspective makes a lot of sense — why can’t movie studios come up with original ideas? Why can’t the best shows from our childhood stay in our childhoods? And you know who’s on the same side as the anti-rebooters? The world’s most charismatic man, Will Smith.
While out promoting Suicide Squad, Will was asked (by Margot Robbie, in one of those weird “you two interview each other” moments — like, how about you do your own job , interviewer?) when we’d see a reboot of his classic sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will said, “I don’t think ever. Like, pretty close to when hell freezes over. Like, we’re going to leave that one alone.”
And while that’s pretty definitive, I’d still love to hear Smith’s reason as to why he doesn’t want to bring the likes of Carlton, Geoffrey, and Aunt Viv back into our lives. Is he more concerned with creating original material?
Or does he believe remaking an old show tarnishes the original’s legacy?
Maybe he doesn’t think Fresh Prince held up well enough to be rebooted in 2016?
I get all the general reasons to be against reboots, but The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, this specific sitcom, would be perfect to return in a new form. The show was funny, emotional, and is somehow still relevant today. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I… disagree with Will Smith? (Oh god I hope he doesn’t read this so we can be friends one day.)
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