For five seasons during the late 1980s and early 90s, viewers watched as Dr. Sam Beckett, played by Scott Bakula, leaped through time, desperately trying to return home. Quantum Leap went off the air in 1993 with Sam never returning home, despite the fact that creator Donald P. Bellisario did write a finale episode wrapping the story up.
If Bellisario has his way, though, we may yet get a chance to return to Quantum Leap and see what ultimately happened to Sam and Al (Dean Stockwell).
This weekend at L.A. Comic Con, both Bakula and Bellisario reunited onstage to talk about Quantum Leap and were asked about the possibility of a series reboot.
“I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature,” said Bellisario. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.”
Beyond that, Bellisario was tight-lipped about what the plot for the new feature would entail, revealing that he started writing with no specific plot in mind.
Instead, the famed television producer said he simply put Bakula and Stockwell into his head and started writing from there.
Bakula and Bellisario went on to discuss the show’s controversial series finale, in which Sam learned new truths about his leaps but never returned home.
Bakula considers it a great episode, despite the controversy, saying it ticked off all the boxes that a great finale needs to have, including the possibility that the story could continue.
There have been attempts to keep the show going, including a planned 2002 TV movie for the Sci-Fi Channel (as it was then called).
Bakula originally revealed Bellisario’s plans to write a feature version of Quantum Leap during a panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Ironically, Bakula’s current career is still intrinsically linked to Bellisario, as he currently stars on NCIS: New Orleans, a spin-off of the original NCIS, which was created by Bellisario.