This is one of those things that make you go hmmm…
In the last few months, there have been reports though no official confirmations of a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air reunion of some kind – whether a TV special, or even a movie.
Last we wrote about this on June 14th, Tatyana Ali herself said in an interview that “I still keep in touch with Will and it would be great to work with him again… The whole cast including Will just talked about doing a reunion. I think everyone would be into it it just depends on everyone’s schedule. I was on the show for six years from beginning to end, so having a reunion would be so much fun.”
A few weeks before that, there was this from an un-named source said to be close to Will Smith: “Will has fond memories of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and is grateful for the big break the show gave him. He’s fascinated with the idea of what the character would be doing now. He might be married with kids or he may be back in Philadelphia down on his luck… Will is interested in returning to the character and getting the old cast together either for a movie or another TV project.”
Fast-forward to today, December 22nd, on Will Smith’s 23.5 million fans strong Facebook page, he posted the above photo of himself with some of the TV show’s cast, with the caption: “Got the Holiday season started right with a “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” reunion…there’s nothin’ like spending Holidays with fam!“
The photo was reportedly taken last week at a luncheon for Parson’s Charity – a non-profit organization that “aims to share stories of African American achievement with children.“
Of course, noticeably absent from the photo are Daphne Maxwell Reid and Janet Hubert, who both played momma Vivian Banks, as well as Joseph Marcell, the butler, Geoffrey.
Sooooo… does all this mean anything? Is this a sign that they are one step close to announcing a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air TV reboot, or big screen adaptation, confirming all the chatter about it? Or is the reunion Tatyana referred to in her above quote exactly just what Will says in the caption below the photo? Essentially just getting together for some food, drink, conversation, reminiscing, all while doing some charity work at the same time? And so we shouldn’t expect anything more than that…
But what about the source said to be close to Will who said Will’s interested in revisiting the character, because he’s seduced by the idea of where the character he played on the TV series might be today, some 15 years after the show ended?
Questions… questions… questions… but no answers.
I get the feeling Will knew that in posting this photo, he’d only create even more speculation and conversation about a potential onscreen reunion.