The possible return of Quantum Leap is taking a quantum leap forward at NBC. The now-classic sci-fi adventure drama starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell that ran five seasons starting in 1989 has gotten the green light from the original television network that gave birth to it.
The synopsis for the new series 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 sure sounds like Bakula is involved (Dean Stockwell passed away last November). Of course, there are no sources we can find that confirm or deny this, but why give him a specific shoutout if he’s not on board in some capacity?
Last September, per the Hollywood Reporter, Bakula indicated that “significant conversations” about a revival were underway.
“There’s very significant conversations about it right now going on,” said Bakula, who played a physicist who involuntarily time travels and fixes mistakes of the past by leaping into the bodies of others. “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.”
We do know that series creator Don Bellisario is on board for the revival as executive producer, with the show to be produced by Universal Television. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (Gotham) are showrunners. Deborah Pratt and Martin Gero are also executive producers. If NBC likes the pilot, the project is set for series production in 2023, presumably premiering in the Fall.
To quote Dr. Sam Beckett:
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