Quantum Leap the film?
Scott Bakula has been talking hopefully about a Quantum Leap film and has revealed that there's some script work ongoing right now, although to be honest it does sound as likely as The Greatest American Hero film being made.
However, if what he's saying is right then there is a script on the go, a “big time” Hollywood producer is involved in the project, and he's very confident that it will happen. Oh boy.
”The good news is that Don [Quantum Leap creator Donald P. Bellisario] 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.”
Well I think it's really early to be saying that both Bakula and Dean Stockwell will get a role in the film, and he is probably just being very clever and getting a stake in there early, particularly with the comment about Don finding it hard to get them both out of his head to write the script.
That said though, it would be nice if there were another television series or film if Bakula played the character of the virtual mentor, they could do a round-up to show that he finally got back home and has taken over from Dean's character of Al, and that allows them to find a new Sam Beckett.
Of course you'll remember that the series ended with Sam still leaping and not getting home, something that was quite upsetting for Bakula's son as he revealed at Comic-Con through TheTwoCentsCorp [Updated link as original source link was changed - Richard] and Blastr:
”We didn’t know it was the last show when we shot it. Don wrote it so if the show continued, it could, or if there was a chance of a film or TV film, it could go in that direction. I’ll never forget my son, who was 10 years old at the time, bursting into tears. He said, “that’s so unfair — you never got to go home.” But that’s what the show as about — Sam sacrificing his life so help someone else”
It would be nice if the film began with him leaping back home and taking over Al's role. However the reason why someone would be willing to leap into Sam's role so easily would have to be cleverly written, because the idea is that there's no coming back until all the wrongs in time are corrected.
You know what though, the more I think about it the more interesting it would be with an older Sam. Imagine years of his life spent leaping and how he would feel about helping others having been forced to do it for so long? Perhaps that's where the film could focus, and coming to the third act they find a way to swap someone out for him, find a willing volunteer, bring him back, and it's all going on with a younger character, then Sam steps in as the new virtual mentor.
Still, I think right now it's a lot of hopeful talk, like The Greatest American Hero, although the idea of Quantum Leap would work really well in a modern film, I just don't see that this is the move forward that will signal it happening. Perhaps if that script gets handed to the producer and a rewrite is ordered will be when I believe.