Quantum Leap to jump into cinemas
Are you one of the many who still salutes late-80s TV classic Quantum Leap? Scott Bakula confirms that a cinema adaptation is on the way…
The San Diego Comic-Con may have been and gone, but the veritable landslide of information and rumour is still being processed. And one little tidbit of information to come from the convention was that a movie of Quantum Leap is now in the works.
For those too young to remember it (not us, you'll be surprised to hear), Quantum Leap was a late-80s/early-90s sci-fi series starring Scott Bakula as a scientist whose time travelling experiments saw him appear in the bodies of different characters in each episode.
Arriving in each timeframe with no clue as to whose body he'd ‘leaped' into or how he could get back out of it again, helpful advice was imparted every week by the holographic Al (Dean Stockwell), and it was the pairing's amiable chemistry that formed the show's good-natured core.
Almost two decades after the final episode aired, and following years of rumours, Bakula has revealed that a Quantum Leap movie is finally in the works, and that a script is currently produced by the original series' creator Donald P. Bellisario.
''The good news is that Don is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it," Bakula said, before adding, "It's about time.''
And while Bakula admitted that both he and Stockwell are now too old to play the leads again, he suggested that both actors would be making appearances in the film "somehow".
At its best, Quantum Leap was one of the era's classic genre shows, with the best episodes drawing on fateful moments in history to powerful dramatic effect. If the movie version can recreate the memorable tension of episodes such as Lee Harvey Oswald, then the premise's leap to the cinema could be a highly successful one.
More news on the Quantum Leap movie as we get it.