‘Bel-Air’ Trailer Goes Viral With Dark, Gritty Take On ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’

What if the tone of beloved ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” got “flipped-turned upside down”?


That’s precisely what’s happened in Morgan Cooper’s fan-made trailer “Bel-Air,” which is a grim retelling of the original story.


Set in today’s world, “Bel-Air” explores serious issues such as gang violence, police brutality and wealth inequity — a stark contrast to the goofy nature of the original show. 

 Despite all that grit and drama, there are also some very sweet moments in the trailer, including a nod to the famous Carlton dance.


“Like most 90’s kids, I grew up watching Fresh Prince,” Cooper tweeted on Sunday along with the clip. “Even as a kid, I always thought there was more to the story... so I decided to make this.”




Twitter quickly embraced his project, and it went viral.


Although Cooper told the website Okayplayer that the trailer, which took six months to make, isn’t a preview for a film or series, many people online wanted the trailer to blossom into a full-length project.




Cooper wrote, directed and served as cinematographer for the trailer.


All in all, Cooper said he’s happy that “Bel-Air” resonated with so many people.


“When we first made this thing, I was really confident in the art,” he told Okayplayer. “The internet’s the internet. You never [know] if something’s gonna catch a spark or not. I’m very excited for everything that has happened and receive it humbly. But at the end of the day I’m a black creative, and representing my culture and expressing myself authentically is of the utmost importance to me.”


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