The Quantum Leap Replay is officially underway! NBC announced Thursday that it has submitted a trial order to reboot the beloved ’90s sci-fi series, which initially ran for five seasons. At this time, the show’s original star Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, who passed away in November 2021, are not associated with the project, although Deadline reported that Bakula “has had talks about the possibility of getting involved.”
As a sequel to the original series, the NBC reboot will take place 30 years after Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett went missing, according to the official synopsis. Now, “a new team has been assembled to restart the project in hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who made it.” Stephen Lillen and Brian Weinbrandt are writing the pilot and will also lead production alongside original Quantum Leap creator Donald B. Bellisario. Deborah Pratt, who co-wrote, co-produced and narrated the preface to the original Quantum Leap, and Martin Gero also joined as executive producers. No more information has been released about the upcoming reboot, including the cast.
Quantum Leap originally aired on NBC for five seasons from 1989 to 1993. The series focused on Bakula’s on-screen counterpart, Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who, after a government experiment on time travel, finds himself trapped in the past. He “jumped” into different people’s bodies in each episode, often correcting historical “mistakes” as he tried to get back into his life and timeline. Meanwhile, Stockwell played Admiral Al Calavecchi, Beckett’s hologram companion throughout his travels.
In the decades since the controversial show wrapped, there have been rumors of a reboot. In 2017, Bellisario revealed at LA Comic Con that he had written a script for a movie based on the show. Then, in September 2021, Bakula told the late Bob Saget that “very important conversations” were taking place about the restart. However, Bakula said it wasn’t “what it would be like. I don’t know who’s going to get it.”
The Quantum Leap reboot was one of the two drama requests the network announced Thursday. The second series, Found, comes from writer and executive producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll, according to Variety. This series will follow a female public relations specialist and her team in crisis management as they “always make sure there is someone to take care of the forgotten missing people. But unknown to anyone, this everyday hero is hiding a scary secret.”
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