Quantum leap ‘The long-awaited return has taken a big step forward in becoming a reality. NBC gave a pilot order for a reboot of the beloved 1990s sci-fi series, which starred Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.
Written and produced by La Bréa co-showrunners Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt and executive produced by Blind spot creator Martin Gero as well as Quantum leap creator / EP Don Bellisario and EP / co-narrator Deborah Pratt, the follow-up series takes place in the present tense. It has been 30 years since Dr Sam Beckett (Bakula) entered the Quantum Leap accelerator and passed away. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.
Bakula isn’t keen on reprise his role or producing the new Quantum leap but is aware of the reboot and has had conversations about getting involved. Bakula’s co-maintainer in the original series, Dean Stockwell, died in November at the age of 85.
2021 NBC Pilot and Series Orders
The pilot is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, with Lilien and Wynbrandt exec producing for their I Have an Idea! Entertainment, Bellisario for its Belisarius Productions and Gero via its Quinn’s House Productions.
The original NBC series, which aired 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993, inadvertently starred Bakula’s physicist and Sam Beckett, jumping back in time through various eras by “jumping” into other people’s bodies. . Stockwell played Beckett’s companion, Admiral Al Calavicci, who appeared as a hologram to guide him through the weekly adventures.
Quantum leap is one of the flagship titles in the Universal TV library that has been a priority to reboot for years and has been attempted several times to date.
This particular iteration had been largely kept a secret, but Bakula told the late Bob Saget on his podcast last fall that there had been “very important conversations” about a Quantum leap to restart.
“Rights have been a mess for years. I don’t even know if they are fixed now. It has always been the biggest complication, ”he said at the time. Bakula added that he had spoken to series creator Bellisario occasionally over the years about a potential comeback, “and he always said,” I can’t write it without thinking of you and Dean. “”
Lilien and Wynbrandt are executive producers and co-showrunners alongside creator / showrunner David Appelbaum on the NBC / Uni television drama series La Bréa. Previously, they created, executive produced, and served as showrunners on dramatic comedies. God friend to me, which spanned two seasons on CBS, with the duo directing the series finale. They received a 2019 Humanitas Award for their work on the series. The couple, who also co-created Fox’s Alcatraz, are replaced by Range Media Partners and attorney Todd Rubenstein at Morris Yorn.
UPDATE: Martin Gero reacted to the announcement of the pilot order on Twitter:
It has been a very difficult secret to keep. Delighted that our friends from @nbc gave us the chance to bring back this phenomenal show and continue the story! I can’t wait for you to see all of what we have in store… https://t.co/IswM6ApOs5
– Martin Gero (@martiningero) January 14, 2022