With the The A-Team hitting theatres this summer and making some decent (albeit not mind-blowing) bank, studios are still weighing their options when it comes to turning more TV shows into movie franchises. We’ve heard that both The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits will supposedly be getting feature-length adaptations, and now it looks like the creator of another sci-fi series is trying to revitalize an old classic. According to Scott Bakula himself, the time traveling exploits of Dr. Sam Beckett will soon make a “quantum leap” to the big screen. Oh boy.
At a Comic-Con panel called “A Leap of Faith: A Quantum Leap Retrospective”, Bakula recently revealed to fans that series creator Donald P. Bellisario is working on a script for a Quantum Leap movie:
“The good news is that Don is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it … It’s about time. But what I always thought would happen, happened … [that he’s now too old for the role]. But Dean [Stockwell, who played Al] and I will have a part in it somehow. Don did say that as he was writing, he told me he was having trouble, ‘getting you and Dean out of my head.’ But I know he will do it.”
While I do think Quantum Leap could work as a movie, I have my doubts about whether or not this will actually happen. It sounds a lot like the MacGyver and Knight Rider movies that were supposedly in development, where the original creators were trying to manufacture some sort of demand but the studios never really took much of an interest in it. On the other hand, if The Twilight Zone movie does happen and ends up being a success, there might be more demand for sci-fi TV properties in Hollywood. What do you think, would you like to see a Quantum Leap movie?