Quantum Leap: The Movie?

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?

  • Alicia

    To quote Sam, “Oh Boy”.

    I’d want it to star Scott Bakula still. I seriously loved this show.

  • auraldissonance

    I’m a little confused about that part of the comment, that he is somehow “too old” for the role. I don’t really remember too much about the rules behind the series, but I don’t remember anything that would preclude Scott’s involvement due to age…

  • djangoscud

    Ziggy tells me there is a 37% chance that this film will never be made.

  • RC

    I’m still waiting for a remake of The Boy With Green Hair.

  • Quantum Leap is probably my favorite show ever and a reboot movie makes me sad. I wish they would go with a rumor I heard a few years ago that they would sort of bring the show back.


    As we know Sam never found his way home. The idea I heard was that after the last episode Sam leaped and those at the Quantum Leap project couldn’t pin point where he lept to. Sam’s daughter steps up and enters the accelerator and begins leaping around looking for him. The idea was to bring back Dean Stockwell to be play Al again to help her look for Sam. And since Bakula was on Enterprise at the time of the rumor he would show up once or twice a season as they would get close to finding him but would not be a main star of the new series.

    I thought that had some potential but then nothing happened with it.

  • I want a full on, 100 piece orchestral version of the Quantum Leap song – best ever!

  • LisaM

    Let Bakula play Al.

  • Brendan

    @auraldissonance: It’s not that Bakula couldn’t play the role based on the character or the rules of leaping, it’s that Hollywood says he’s too old to play the lead in a sci-fi movie (thought the series was really a drama with sci-fi elements). Although, maybe if he were a bigger star, he could do it. But looking at all the remakes & reboots, the studios want younger actors to be the leads.
    I don’t know how well this would work as a movie. The thing about the series was that the time travel served as a tool to have a period anthology series of sorts, while maintaining a couple constant actors to anchor the series. It also served as an interesting plot starter every episode to have a character dropped into a situation he knew nothing about, and each episode could be about different characters and situations (and time periods).
    While at least it’s still written by the original creator, a movie version seems like it wouldn’t be able to capture the feeling of the original.

  • Well, the idea I heard was that after the last episode Sam leaped and those at the Quantum Leap project couldn’t pin point where he lept to.