It’s the era of the revival.
Name your fave classic sitcom, series or film, and chances are, it’s making a comeback. On the heels of fan favorites like “Full House,” “Roseanne,” and “Murphy Brown” getting to breathe new air, there may be one more television classic beloved by fans.
And it looks like it could actually be happening, but with one big spin.
According to TMZ, the company that owns the rights to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has been busy behind the scenes filing trademarks to “Fresh Princess,” which may give the classic series an update and a feminine twist. This marks the second time the company set the rumor mill spinning with talk of a revival. The same company reportedly looked into trademarking “Fresh Prince” toys recently, echoing rumors that an animated series was on the way.
Will Smith, 49, didn’t quiet matters either when he praised a sketch of the original cast (and the second Aunt Viv) as cartoons, commenting, in part, “Now THIS is what’s up…Never thought about FP in terms of animation.”
Regardless of the form, however, some people aren’t looking forward to a potential reboot.
“Don’t you dare ruin the legacy of Fresh Prince of Bel- Air .. it’s over it’s done with . Leave it ALONE,” wrote one fan.
Don’t you dare ruin the legacy of Fresh Prince of Bel- Air .. it’s over it’s done with . Leave it ALONE . No no no no https://t.co/EXf4E3oSUN
— Lola (@whateva_Lola) February 27, 2018
Why did I just read that a Fresh Prince reboot is in the works with a female lead called Fresh Princess? pic.twitter.com/nLIcov1Yxv
— AJ (@ajburtonn) February 27, 2018
Others said that any new plot should involve Will Smith and his son Jaden as the new titular “prince.”
Only fresh prince reboot we will tolerate is with the original Will and Jaden as the new prince https://t.co/sQt1xBBmpU
— Hi, I’m (@nelldawgie) February 27, 2018
Hollywood icon Smith previously joked that at his age, he could only come back to play the role of Uncle Phil, aka Judge Philip Banks, the strict patriarch originally played by James Avery, who passed away in 2013.
“I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one,” said Smith. “I’m about to be 50, you know. Like, ‘Come on Aunt Viv, I’m 50, I can’t go out on my own?”
Still, this won’t satisfy some fans who think the show could never — and should never — be redone.
I don't wanna watch no fresh princess of Bel-Air. NO NO NO. No one can play Uncle Phill better than Uncle Phill, no one can play Carlton better than Carlton. Let that show REST IN PEACE ✌🏾
— J London🐻 (@TheRealJLondon) February 27, 2018
Only time (and likely a multitude of other factors) will determine if “The Fresh Princess” joins the ranks of the revived, but it would definitely be worth it to see someone tossed from the Bel-Air mansion, a la Jazz. Memories!