Leaping Forward: Quantum Leap Reboot Pilot Finds Director


The Quantum Leap revival just took a huge leap forward ahead. Veteran television director Helen Shaver, whose credits include Station Eleven, Vikings, Stargate: Universe and The Outer Limits, has officially signed on to direct and executive produce the Quantum Leap reboot pilot for NBC, according to Deadline. The project hasn’t earned a full series order yet. That outcome will be determined by how well the pilot is received by the studio. Hopefully it’s not just going to be retrofitted with “woke” sensibilities. 


The Quantum Leap reboot pilot was written by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, who both serve as executive producers alongside Martin Gero, the creator of Blindspot, and Don Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, the creators of the original Quantum Leap. The show will be produced by Universal Television. The project’s cast members have yet to be announced.


The most pressing question for fans is if Scott Bakula will be participating, allowing us to learn what happened to his character “Dr. Sam Beckett”. The actor has reportedly not formally signed on at this time. According to reports, Bakula is only confirmed to be “aware of the reboot” and has had early discussions about participating, but there are no promises that he will commit to the reboot at this time. Chances are very good that the series will cast a BIPOC female as the protagonist.


In any case, the Quantum Leap reboot pays homage to the classic series while setting the story in the present day with a fresh cast. The official synopsis reads as follows:



“It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett (Bakula) stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.”


Last year, he addressed the reboot possibilities on Bob Saget’s podcast. Bakula noted that there had actually been some “significant conversations” about doing the revival, but he admitted that he didn’t really know much about what that would entail.


“I think we are definitely living in the reboot era as you’re aware of,” Bakula said. “There’s very significant conversations about it right now going on. But, I don’t know what it would be. I don’t know who would have it. The rights were a mess for years. I don’t know if they’re even sorted out now. That’s always been the biggest complication.”


At the time, Bakula joked that it would cost “too much money” to get his old co-star Dean Stockwell to return. Sadly, Stockwell passed away soon after. In the original Quantum Leap, Stockwell had played Admiral Al Calavicci, Dr. Beckett’s hologram companion who joins him on his “leaps.”


Time will tell if NBC picks up the Quantum Leap reboot with a series order. Maybe we’ll finally find out what happened to Dr. Beckett.

Meghan Murphy

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