A fresh take on the Fresh Prince
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may be coming back to life soon… But it may be a little different than the way you remember it. According to TMZ, the company that owns the rights to the “Fresh Prince” filed multiple trademark applications in an attempt to lock down rights to “Fresh Princess” for a television program and other media platforms. Apparently, they also looking to trademark “Fresh Princess” on merchandise as well, like backpacks, clothing, and footwear.
For those that have spent their entire life living under a rock, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a television show that ran from 1990 to 1996, featuring Will Smith as the protagonist. In the show, Will was originally from West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised. He spent most of his days on the playground, where he would often be found chilling and playing basketball. This all changed when a couple of guys who were up to no good started causing trouble in his neighborhood. He got in one little fight and his mom got scared and said “You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”
Hints of a Reboot
Does this mean what we think it means?! Does the next evolutionary stage of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air involve a female protagonist?! While this type of reboot could hold high potential for appealing to youth and old heads alike, it may upset certain purist fans that would prefer an undisturbed legacy of the iconic ‘90s show. Regardless, if there’s money to be made, there’s a good chance someone is scheming to make it. The recent “Fresh Princess” trademarks are evidence of that. However, not long before they were submitted, there were multiple applications to trademark “Fresh Prince” toys, action figures, and kid’s games, according to TMZ. Perhaps The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air is only the tip of the iceberg for a massive reboot.
Possibly by coincidence, these applications fell around the same time that Will Smith gave props to cartoonist and comic artist Howard Russell for an image he designed that depicts the Fresh Prince himself in cartoon form. He posted the picture on January 28, adding the caption “Now THIS is what’s up! I had to post this hot piece by @thesketchlab. Never thought about FP in terms of animation.” Is Will hinting at something? We’re not sure, but with all the activity going around in the trademark department, it wouldn’t be surprising that he’s trying to create a buzz around the show for a reason.
More Hints Dropped
Further evidence of Smith stoking the flames of speculation is his appearance on The Graham Norton Show back in late 2017, in which The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air comes up in discussion. In a clip of the show posted on Youtube, Graham Norton references the fact that there is “no sign of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot that everyone wants.” Even though Will shrugs off the suggestion by saying that he would have to play Uncle Phil because he’s so old, the conversation stayed centered around the show for the next couple minutes.
Regardless if it’s coincidence or not, Will has been subtly building buzz around the show to the point of a dull roar. On the chance that what he’s doing is intentional, it may be a sign that we are going to see something Fresh Prince related sooner than some may think. How do you feel about a Fresh Prince reboot? Speak on it in the COMMENTS below and SHARE this article!