The Fresh Prince is returning to Bel-Air but not as a comedy. The 90s sitcom is being rebooted as a hard-hitting drama according to US reports.

The original show, which made an international star out of Will Smith, told the story of a streetwise teen who moved in with his upper-class uncle and aunt.

The reboot will be based on a viral YouTube trailer by director Morgan Cooper that reimagined the series as a "dark and gritty" drama.

At the time, Smith praised the trailer as a "brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation".

The Oscar-nominee is now teaming up with Cooper to adapt the original sitcom which ran for six seasons between 1990 and 1996.

Smith's company Westbrook Studios will make it with Universal TV, while Netflix, HBO Max and Peacock are among the platforms bidding to stream it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Original creators Andy and Susan Borowitz will serve as executive producers, as will Smith and original executive producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.

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