Don Bellisario, the creator and producer of the 1989 to 1993 show Quantum Leap, dropped a Ziggy-sized bomb on the audience of his panel at LA Comic Con this weekend: He has written a screenplay for a Quantum Leap movie.
According to io9, Bellisario said, “I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature. I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.”
Fans of the clever and occasionally mind-bending show will note this doesn’t mean a movie will be made. But it does mean that Bellisario is on board, and that’s a great first step toward a production.
Quantum Leap was about a scientist, Dr. Sam Beckett, who was able to correct mistakes in history by inhabiting the body of a person who lived within Sam’s lifetime, that is, between his birth August 8, 1953 and the present. But the backstory is far more fascinating: Sam was actually unstuck in time, suffering from partial amnesia, and unable to return home.
As the series narration put it: “Fortunately, contact with his own time was made through brainwave transmissions with Al, the Project Observer, who appeared in the form of a hologram that only Doctor Beckett could see and hear. Trapped in the past, Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home."
The show departed on one of the strangest cliffhangers in sci-fi history: Sam Beckett arrived at a bar (a spot-on recreation of Bellisario’s father’s bar) on the date of his birth. There, the omniscient bartender tells Sam that he, and not Project Quantum Leap, can control where he leaps to next. At the last moment of the series, we see the words “Dr. Sam Becket never returns home.”
We have never learned what happened to Sam. Bellisario’s script may give us the closure we’ve been waiting for since 1993…and possibly leave us cogitating about the meaning of it all for another 24 years.
This potential film will be a series continuation and kind of a reboot. As Bellisario said, “I just put Scott [Bakula] and Dean [Stockwell] in my head, kind of rebooted them, and went from there.”
Here’s hoping to leap back into Quantum Leap.