Oh boy! NBC has greenlit Quantum Leap’s long-rumored reboot, granting the project an official pilot order. The beloved 1990s sci-fi series starred Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.
La Brea co-showrunners Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt are attached to write as well as executive produce alongside Blindspot creator Martin Gero as well as Quantum Leap creator/EP Don Bellisario and EP/co-narrator Deborah Pratt. The follow-up series is set in present day, 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett (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.
Gero reacted to the news on social media:
This has been a very hard secret to keep. Thrilled that our friends at @nbc have given us the chance to bring this phenomenal show back and continue the story! Can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store… https://t.co/IswM6ApOs5
— Martin Gero (@martingero) January 14, 2022
While Bakula is not attached to reprise his role or produce the new Quantum Leap, Deadline reports that he is aware of the reboot and has had conversations about potentially getting involved. Last year’s cancelation of NCIS: New Orleans makes Bakula’s involvement all the more likely. Bakula’s co-lead on the original series, Dean Stockwell, died in November at age 85.
Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, will be producing the pilot with Lilien and Wynbrandt execs producing for their I Have an Idea! Entertainment banner, Bellisario for his Belisarius Productions and Gero via his Quinn’s House Productions.
The original NBC series, which aired 97 episodes from 1989-93, featured Bakula’s physicist and inadvertent Sam Beckett time travel through various eras by “leaping” into the bodies of other people. Stockwell played Beckett’s sidekick, Admiral Al Calavicci, who appeared as a hologram to guide him through the weekly adventures.
Quantum Leap is one of the hottest titles in the Universal TV library and its reboot has been a priority for years. It has been attempted multiple times to date, but did not become reality until now.
This particular iteration had been kept largely under wraps but Bakula last fall told the late Bob Saget on his podcast that there were “very significant conversations” about a Quantum Leap reboot.
“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,” he said back then. Bakula added that he had spoken occasionally to series creator Bellisario over the years about a potential comeback, “and he would always say, ‘I can’t write it without thinking of you and Dean.’”
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