We might finally find out what became of Dr. Sam Beckett as NBC has put into development a Quantum Leap revival.
The Quantum Leap revival series, long demanded to happen by many fans of the original series, has just taken a huge step forward. Per The Hollywood Reporter, has put into production a pilot for a new Quantum Leap that would serve as a continuation of the original series with new lead stars. The sequel has been officially greenlit, but NBC will need to be impressed with the results before committing to a full series order.
The series description for the potential revival for Quantum Leap reads: “It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.”
This logline makes it pretty clear that the new Quantum Leap is planned to share its continuity with the original show. That also suggests that original star Scott Bakula might be involved, as his character is specifically mentioned, but the actor is not officially signed on at this time. It does seem more likely than not that he’ll take part in the new show in some capacity. It only makes sense for the revival to touch on what happened to Dr. Beckett as the ending of Quantum Leap did not provide a definitive answer, leaving many fans of the show feeling unsatisfied ever since.
Scott Bakula Has Made It Clear He’d Love to See a Reboot
Scott Bakula has expressed his desire to see a reboot happen, whether or not he would personally be a part of it. Back in September, the actor told Bob Saget (rest in peace) on the Bob Saget’s Here for You podcast that there were discussions taking place behind the scenes for a revival. This news of a pilot getting an order seems to be what Bakula was alluding to at the time.
“I think we are definitely living in the reboot era as you’re aware of,” Bakula told Saget. “There’s very significant conversations about it right now going on. But, I don’t know what it would be. I don’t know who would have it. The rights were a mess for years. I don’t know if they’re even sorted out now. That’s always been the biggest complication.”
Bakula added: “(Series creator Donald P. Bellisario), for years, he and I would talk about it periodically, and he would always say, ‘I can’t write it without thinking of you and Dean [Stockwell].’ I said, ‘Just think about me and Dean and write your show. Get it out there. If you have an idea, just write it. I am sure it’ll be great.’ I don’t know what that idea would be if we did.”
Sadly, Stockwell, who co-starred with Bakula on Quantum Leap, died just weeks after that conversation. It remains to be seen how these original characters will play into the planned revival, but what’s for sure is that people would love to see Dr. Beckett get a more conclusive ending to his story.
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