Life just got a little less ka-ka for fans of NBC’s long-departed time-travel series “Quantum Leap.” During the show’s retrospective panel at this year’s Comic-Con, series star Scott Bakula announced that creator Donald P. Bellisario is working on getting a “Quantum Leap” movie off the ground.
Sadly, Bakula also revealed that his and costar Dean Stockwell’s respective roles as Dr. Sam Beckett and Rear Admiral Al Calavicci will most likely be recast for the update … Oh, boy.
The good news is that Don is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it … It’s about time. Dean and I will have a part in it somehow.
Don did say that as he was writing, he told me he was having trouble, ‘getting you and Dean out of my head.’ But I know he will do it.
From 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sam Beckett (Bakula) attempted to find his way home after a time travel experiment left him lost in the past, leaping into people’s bodies at various points in history to “put right what once went wrong” in their lives. Beckett never made it home.
As a “Quantum Leap” die-hard, I think it’d be far more interesting to catch up with an older Sam Beckett and see the effects that time travel has had on him physically and emotionally. And, Al’s a hologram! Use some of that Tron: Legacy magic to keep him looking like back-in-the-day.
Ah, who am I kidding? I’m sure Taylor Lautner’s phone is already lighting up.
Bakula and Stockwell both picked up Golden Globes awards for their performances during the show’s run.