For those of us of a certain age, the holy grail of television reboots could still be Quantum Leap. Scott Bakula played Same Beckett, a scientist thrown back in time after testing out his Quantum Leap accelerator on himself but finding himself trapped in the past, leaping in to the bodies of various people in various time-frames, only able to move on when he righted a ‘wrong’ event in the timeline. He was assisted by Al (Dean Stockwell), a hologram beamed in from the contemporary Quantum Leap compound circa the then-future 1999, but who could only be seen and heard by Sam (and the audience). Each week, the series detailed another ‘Leap’ with Sam hoping the next time would be the leap… home.
The series ran for five years and left on a memorable episode (Mirror Image) that suggested that rather than science or God moving Sam around, it might be Sam himself? After righting one very personal ‘wrong’ Sam disappeared back into the timeline with an on-screen message saying Sam NEVER leaped home… (an ending that caused much consternation with the fans).
Over the years there’s been various tie-in novels and rumours about a sequel or reboot of the show, but they’ve never come to pass, largely because of a complicated rights-issues. However Bakula (just coming off seven seasons on NCIS: New Orleans) has spoken to Bob Saget on the latter’s podcast and said that there seems to be some serious movement towards some kind of revival.
“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.”