According to Will Smith, his reign as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air definitively ended along with the series’ finale 20 years ago, as the actor recently shot down the possibility of returning for a reboot of the popular ’90s sitcom.
“I don’t think ever, like pretty close to when hell freezes over,” Smith told E! as he promoted Suicide Squad alongside co-star Margot Robbie. “Like, we’re going to leave that one alone.”
Rumors swirled last year that the actor was pursuing the role of producer on a Fresh Prince revival, though nothing materialized. However, EW learned Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, was in development on a fish-out-of-water family comedy that would share surface-level similarities with the series that launched him to superstardom.
“Every country in the world, that is the thing I am most known for. No matter how big the movies get, it’s Fresh Prince everywhere,” Smith said during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2012. He also performed the show’s theme song alongside Take That band member Gary Barlow.
The 47-year-old and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, were targeted earlier this year by the actor’s Fresh Prince costar, Janet Hubert, who criticized the couple for protesting the Academy Awards over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
“I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win?” the original Aunt Vivian said in a since-deleted video on YouTube. “That is not the way life works, baby.”
During an interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra in February, Smith praised Hubert despite her comments.
“I think she’s brilliant, you know. I think as an artist, there’s so many things that she does,” he said. “She sings, she dances, she’s like a really powerful artist. So I loved what she brought to The Fresh Prince.”