Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans clamoring for a reboot of the classic ’90s sitcom may soon get their wish, but with one major twist.
F.P. Trademark Holdings, LLC, the company that owns the “Fresh Prince” trademark, recently filed trademark applications for the phrase “Fresh Princess” for television and other media platforms. The company also filed applications for “Fresh Princess” for merchandise including bags, pet collars, footwear, and clothing. TMZ first reported the news.
That move could mean a reboot for the Fresh Prince with a female character as the show’s lead, though this is just the first step and nothing has been announced.
Last month, however, the company did file applications to use the “Fresh Prince” trademark for a line of toys, which prompted rumors online that an animated version of the show may be in the works. Fresh Prince star Will Smith added fuel to that speculation with a post on his wildly popular Instagram account praising an animated version of the Banks family.
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Smith previously shot down the idea of doing a Fresh Prince reboot, telling fans in 2016 that he’d be part of a reunion show “when hell freezes over.” That same year, Smith’s son Jaden, told Extra TV to “leave that alone” when asked about starring in a reboot of the series. Daughter Willow, meanwhile, has not publicly discussed a Fresh Prince reboot.
But the elder Smith’s attitude seems to have softened recently, judging by a December appearance on the Graham Norton Show in which Smith said he would “have to be Uncle Phil” in a reboot. While that doesn’t guarantee Smith’s participation, it does indicate he may be open to the idea.
Fresh Prince was originally created by Andy and Susan Borowitz and ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996.
Fresh Prince would not be the first show with Philadelphia origins to get the reboot treatment with a female lead. Boy Meets World, which ran from 1993 to 2000 on ABC and was set in the Philly suburbs, was rebooted in 2014 as Girl Meets World on the Disney Channel, running for three seasons before it was canceled.
More broadly, the reboot would put Fresh Prince among a growing list of ’90s sitcoms that have found new life in recent years, including Full House, revived as Fuller House on Netflix, and Will & Grace on NBC. Reboots of even older shows, such as Murphy Brown and Roesanne, are also on the horizon.
But none of those shows have a place in Philadelphia’s heart like the Fresh Prince. And, really, it’s about time someone else’s life got flipped turned upside down.
Though, predictably, social media seems to disagree:
Things I do not want to see on my TV…
Girl meets World
Live action (anything after Lion King)
Thank you pic.twitter.com/qDzPrses2Z
— ENM Music (@enmmusiclessons) February 27, 2018
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 ✌🏾
— Dats Tragic (@ClearCylence) 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
— ⚜️A.J.⚜️ (@aburtonjr) February 27, 2018
Wait, Fresh Prince is being rebooted with a female lead as "Fresh Princess"? I don't know if that show can work in 2018. That show was the 90's.
— Judson (@JudsonK17) February 28, 2018
The only way I would respect a fresh princess is if it was willow just cuz that’s his daughter, but she dont act nothin like him nor is funny so NO dead that reboot!
— Sleepy Spice (@DosesOfDre) February 28, 2018