Peacock Orders Two Seasons of Drama Series "Bel-Air" From Viral Film Director Morgan Cooper
In March 2019, the four-minute trailer that Morgan Cooper wrote and directed debuted on social media. The trailer went viral, receiving over six million views on YouTube and catching Will Smith's attention.
On September 8th, 2020, Smith announced via social media that Peacock ordered two seasons of the series adaptation of Morgan Cooper's popular fan film Bel-Air. Partnering with the writer, show-runner, and executive producer Chris Collins, Cooper will take on the roles of director, co-writer, and co-executive producer. Alongside Cooper and Collins, the series is also executive produced by Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy and Susan Borowitz. Westbrook Studios and Universal Television are on board for the project.
Although the series pays homage to the 90's sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's original premise, Bel-Air will further explore weightier aspects that couldn't be fully envisioned due to the sitcom format's time restraints. Unlike its predecessor, the new series will feature hour-length episodes.
Check out the trailer below!