It’s been three decades since a fictional version of Will Smith took that massive 41-hour cab ride from Philadelphia to his aunt and uncle’s house in California. According to Variety, most Fresh Prince of Bel-Air The cast will reunite for a 30th anniversary reunion special on HBO Max next month, produced by Will Smith’s Westbrook Media company. Smith will be joined by series costars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and, of course, DJ Jazzy Jeff for the occasion. Actor James Avery, who played Will’s warm, fatherly and constantly exasperated Uncle Phil, died in 2013.
Directed by Marcus Raboy, the unscripted special would be taped on September 10, the day the series made its NBC debut in 1990, and will premiere “Around Thanksgiving.” As is also the case with perpetual deferral friends meeting, The prince of Bel-Air is currently available to stream on HBO Max.
Meanwhile, Will Smith is developing a reboot of Fresh prince based on the trailer by filmmaker Morgan Cooper, reimagining the sitcom as a realistic drama about a Philly teenager plunged into the hot bed of wealth and privilege that is Los Angeles’ richest neighborhood And if they can somehow do a grainy and compelling version of the Carlton dance, they just might pull it off.