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.
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.
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: