Sing it with us: “Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…” Yes, we’re going to have the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stuck in our heads all day too. But it’s for a good reason: Reports say Will Smith is developing a Fresh Prince spin-off amid a wave of ’90s-revival nostalgia, and we can’t contain our excitement.
Behind the new project is Westbrook Media, Smith’s digital content studio with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, as per the Hollywood Reporter. And it seems as though the movie star has a lot on his plate.
Apparently, Smith still earns big-time royalties from the vintage NBC show, which is now licensed to air in 193 territories (!!), according to the Hollywood Reporter. And — no big deal — he’s also earning $12.5 million for Gemini Man and a cool $20 million for playing Serena and Venus Williams’ dad in Warner Bros.’ King Richard.
The Smiths may be rolling in the dough, but they’ve also had their share of challenges — and have recently been especially open about the difficulties they have faced over their decades-long marriage. They’ve kept it real about couples’ counseling, addressed those open-marriage rumors, and talked about how marriage changes over time.
“I’ve been watching a lot of marriages dissolve around me,” Pinkett Smith shared last year on Instagram. “It’s been really painful. Marriages change. Sometimes they need to be reimagined and transformed. Sometimes they are simply over… but either way, I pray that folks going thru this painful transition find the patience and the love within to not throw the ‘babies’ out with the bath water.” Emotionally wise and a great businesswoman — we knew we loved Pinkett Smith.