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Scott Bakula reveals Quantum Leap return is looking pretty likely right now…

September 23rd, 2021 by Marc Comments

Oh, boy…

So, you may recall several times in the past we have reported that Quantum Leap, the beloved sci-fi/time-travel series from the 80s-90s, may someday make a return and now none other than Sam Beckett himself, star Scott Bakula has revealed that we may be on the verge of a return to Project Quantum Leap.

The original series saw Backula play Sam, a scientist who created a way of time-travelling and decided to try it out on himself, despite being advised not to by the military overlords on the project, Sam found himself ‘leaping’ through time but with a caveat… he can only leap around with-in his own lifetime and he actually leaps into people, sending them to the future at Project Quantum Leap and, as if that wasn’t complicated enough, he leaps into people and cannot leave until he puts right something that was bad in their lives… as the show’s intro said, a kind of time-travelling lone ranger.

He was joined on his quest by Al Calavicci, played by the great Dean Stockwell. Al was an observer from the modern world who could appear to Sam and advise him on what his mission was. The duo became one of Sci-fi’s most iconic pair and hold a very precious place in many a nerd’s heart.

I still have the iconic theme as my ringtone! (Continues after video):

The show was a gamechanger and really captured the imaginations of fans of all ages and all over the globe.

It ended after four years (1989-1993) and ended with a dark, yet logical finale, setting Sam on a path alone in time, saving lives and doing good. The legend at the end read: Dr Sam Beckett never returned home.

All these years later and it still feels a little raw.

And there was briefly an effort to bring the show back with a story being hatched that Sam’s daughter – who was in the original series – would relaunch Quantum Leap and go through time to find andsave her father. However, it never happened.

But now it seems that we may have more Quantum Leap don’t he horizon.

On Bob Saget’s podcast, below, Bakula revealed that the show is in discussions for a rebirth: “There’s very significant conversations about it right now going on,” said Bakula.

“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 know that, with Bakula being 66 now and Stockwell being 85 (and having retired from acting), it’s unlikely they would be returning for a full new series… but we hope, hope, hope that the new series, whatever it is, resolves the story of this legendary duo in some way before going in its own direction.

Speaking about creator Donald P. Bellisario, who has made his desire to bring the show back well known several times, Bakula said: “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 will be great.

“I don’t know what that idea would be if we did.”

l think there’s a definite market out there for the show to return, with the fans all waiting the three decades to find out where Sam has been all this time and I know for a fact that nostalgia is big right now, as is sci-fi TV, so it seems like a great time to bring back Quantum Leap… I’d pay serious money to see Sam and Al back together one last time.

Watch the full podcast interview below – and try to tell me Bakula isn’t the sweetest guy in real-life:

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….