After the video went viral, Cooper was contacted by Smith and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, plans for a Fresh Prince reboot were put into place nearly immediately.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is set to be rebooted in an entire new TV series, reports say.
But this time the story of the streetwise teen who moves in with his upper-class uncle and aunt will not be a comedy, according to United States reports.
Superfan Morgan Cooper caught Smith's eye early previous year when he posted a fake trailer for the show, reimagined as a drama, on YouTube.
The concept could certainly be told dramatically; whether it could sustain the run on TV that the original Fresh Prince had remains to be seen.
The clip caught Smith's eye, as did Cooper's talents. Now Cooper is teaming up with Will Smith himself to develop the new series, set to co-write the script, direct and act as co-executive producer. Fresh Prince producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, and creators Andy and Susan Borowitz are all returning as executive producers, with Chris Collins down as showrunner and co-writer with Cooper.
The gritty drama series, which will be a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and Universal TV, is now being shopped to streaming services. The original sitcom now streams on HBO Max.
It is also yet to be confirmed whether Will would appear in front of the camera in some capacity in the new version of the show - an actor by the name of Jerry Madison portrayed his character in the gritty Bel-Air trailer from previous year. "The dramatic version of these ideas means that you can use existing storylines, but it's not going to seem like you're redoing an episode, because the storyline's gonna be brand new from the dramatic perspective".