There seem to be issues at Bel-Air as the showrunner of The prince of Bel-Air dramatic reboot to Peacock resigns. Tthe hollywood reporter confirmed that Chris Collins (Thread), who would have been the showrunner and executive producer, left the series, titled Bel Air.
Collins was also set to co-write the series alongside Morgan Cooper (Joy of the black boy). TJ Brady (The 100) and Rasheed Newson (The 100) will both step in as new showrunners in the series. The duo have worked on shows such as Showtime’s Chi, TNT Animal Kingdom, and USA Network Shooter. According to Hollywood journalist, Collins left the show due to creative differences with Peacock. Peacock wanted a network style show, while Collins envisioned an edgy, premium style for the series.
Bel Air is based on the viral video of Cooper, who reimagined the classic ’90s sitcom with Will Smith (Aladdin) in a drama. Peacock gave the series one order two seasons in September 2020. Peacock landed the series after a fierce bidding war with other streamers including Netflix and HBO Max. The series was due out this year, but it has been pushed back to 2022. She has yet to start casting.
Diane Houston (Empire) was to be the second showrunner replacing Collins, but Hollywood journalist also reported that she also quit the show. It’s unclear, however, what Houston wanted for the series.
Bel Air, which takes place in America today, will be an hour-long dramatic reimagining and will follow the same premise as the original series. Will Smith, who has been the show’s headliner for its six years of existence, will also serve as an executive producer.