As Quantum Leap fans are well aware, there have been various projects in the works over the past decade.
In 2002, there was talk of the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) wanting to do a new pilot movie and series, essentially revolving around the daughter of Sam (Scott Bakula) as a new leaper and Al (Dean Stockwell) as her holographic helper. It was never made.
In 2007, Quantum Leap co-executive producer Deborah Pratt shopped her own movie. This project would have continued the original show’s storyline and would have included Sam’s daughter as well (a character Pratt created during the original series).
Those movie plans were supposedly stopped because series creator Don Bellisario had his own movie project in mind. Last year, Syfy was again talking to Bellisario about possibly reviving Quantum Leap.
At the A Leap of Faith—A Quantum Leap Retrospective panel at this year’s Comic-Con, Bakula told attendees that, “The good news is that Don is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it… It’s about time. But what I always thought would happen, happened… [that he's now too old for the role]. But Dean and I will have a part in it somehow.”
Bakula continued, “Don did say that as he was writing, he told me he was having trouble, ‘getting you and Dean out of my head.’ But I know he will do it.”
What do you think? Are you happy to hear that a new Quantum Leap project may finally be made? Are you sorry that Bakula and Stockwell won’t be playing their original characters?
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