Creator Donald Bellisario Has Written a Quantum Leap Film Script

Image: NBC
Image: NBC

This is far from a guarantee of a reboot. But if anybody with the purse strings is interested, the material’s definitely there.

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That news comes courtesy of this weekend’s LA Comic Con event, where Quantum Leap’s creator, Donald Bellisario, reunited with Scott Bakula during a panel discussion that inevitably turned to reboots.

“I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature,” Bellisario announced. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.”

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Quantum Leap ended infamously, with one of the most tragic (and unintentionally funny, or maybe that’s just me) end title cards in history, announcing that Bakula’s Sam Beckett never made the leap home. After five seasons of interdimensional problem solving, Sam Beckett was never going to get to solve his own.

Bummer.
Bummer.

Or maybe not? Bellisario wouldn’t divulge any plot details, but it does certainly sound like a continuation: “I write things exactly the same way,” he told the audience. “I just start writing and I let them take me wherever it’s going to take me. I’m entertained the same way the audience is. So I just put Scott and Dean [Stockwell] in my head, kind of rebooted them, and went from there.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of something related to a Quantum Leap movie, so don’t get too excited, but at least Bellisario is still invested. If nothing else, maybe he’ll at least release that script sometime. Give us a chance to see where Sam leaps next.

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[Entertainment Weekly]

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No, no, no, Don. Don’t make a movie. And don’t make it a reboot. It obviously should be a new TV series that’s a CONTINUATION, where Sam Beckett’s son, who turns out to be a genius in his own right, reopens the project and leaps himself to GO LOOKING FOR HIS FATHER TO BRING HIM BACK HOME! His memory is swiss-cheesed and everything, just like before, but in order to bring his father home, the technology had to prevent him from being able to leap back himself unless his father is actually with him. Then, once a season you get to have Scott Bakula guest star, because he’ll eventually find him, but the theories will end up always being off and the technology that will let them both leap back together won’t work yet, so they keep getting split up.

Am I wrong or is this not self-evident?