Scott Bakula was in a skit on the Emmys and also appeared on Bob Saget’s podcast this week. While talking about his career he dropped the news that Quantum Leap could be about to return, and The Hollywood Reporter picked up on it.
Talking about his time on the iconic sci-fi series that maintains a strong fanbase to this day, he said there were very significant conversations going on right now regarding a reboot or revival of the series.
The series ran on NBC for five seasons from 1989-1993 and was sold worldwide. Bakula starred as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who is the victim of a lab accident that sees him involuntarily time traveling in a series of leaps into the bodies and lives of others. In order to leap onwards and potentially return home, he must right some wrongs in their past. The cancellation of the show caused an abrupt ending that divided fans. Will the show pick up from there and finally provide a satisfactory conclusion? Bakula says:
“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 says he has had many conversations over the years with creator Donald P. Bellisario about the show returning. Bellisario is a TV heavyweight who created or co-created Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, JAG, and NCIS alongside Quantum Leap.
There was a mystery regarding the ending of the show. According to a rumor Al, encouraged by his wife Beth, was to make the ultimate sacrifice and become a leaper in order to go after Sam. They would leap into the future together. Bellisario has said no script exists and that he does not know where this idea came from.
But then in 2018 a fan revealed screenshots from season five showing unseen scenes with Al and Beth together. Then a Reddit leak showed actual footage from these scenes. Scott Bakula then confirmed that several endings were shot and that the footage was authentic, but did not confirm the subject.
Will a reboot answer some of the questions fans have had for decades?