Scott Bakula has confirmed that he will not be part of NBC’s remake of “Quantum Leap,” the show that put him on the map and predated his time on “Star Trek: Enterprise.” The actor starred in the original “Quantum Leap” as Sam Beckett, a scientist who “jumps” through different eras into other people’s bodies and struggles with their individual situations. Dean Stockwell co-starred as Al, a sort of guide who appeared to Sam as a holographic image during his adventures.
“Quantum Leap” ran from 1989 to 1993, with 97 episodes produced over its five seasons, according to the Internet Movie Database. Since the show’s cancellation in 1993, loyal fans had lobbied hard for a sequel, reboot, or feature film. For nearly 30 years, hopes were raised and dashed, but nothing ever came of it with Bakula and Stockwell in their familiar roles. The two men had remained close friends, and according to Memory Alpha, Stockwell played a character named Grat in the “Detained” episode of the first season’s “Enterprise.”
Stockwell died on November 7, 2021 at the age of 85, ruling out any possibility of a reunion. But when NBC announced in January 2022 that a reboot was in the works, fans again hoped that Bakula would be involved in some way. According to Variety, the revival series will premiere on September 19, 2022 and will “continue the events of the original series 30 years later, with a new cast led by Raymond Lee, Ernie Hudson and Anastasia Antonia.”
Bakula posted a rare statement on Instagram on September 15, 2022, explaining that he would not be part of the reboot and why. “To ‘Quantum Leap’ fans around the world, trying to quell the rumors and move on… First of all, thanks for hanging out over the decades! Here’s the simple version of what’s going on with the Quantum Leap reboot and me: I have no connection to the new show, neither in front of the camera nor behind it. In January the pilot was sold and I got a script because Sam Beckett’s character was in it, which makes sense, right? As so many of you have asked me over the past few months, ‘How could you do “QL” without Sam? (or Al, for that matter) Well, I think we’re about to find out.
“That’s the story,” he continued. “Because the show has always been close to my heart, it was a very difficult decision to pass on the project, a decision that has upset and confused so many fans of the original series. However, the idea of someone “jumping” in time and walking a mile in someone else’s shoes remains a very attractive concept and therefore worth exploring, especially given the current state of humanity. In that spirit, I’m crossing my fingers that this new cast and crew are lucky enough to tap into the magic that propelled the original “Quantum Leap” into the hearts and minds of generations past and present. I wish them good luck and fun jumping! SB”
Bakula — who ended a seven-season run on “NCIS: New Orleans” in 2021 — includes the movie “Divinity” among his upcoming projects, which Deadline describes as an indie drama with genre elements that also features Bella Thorne, Stephen Dorff and Moises Arias, and is produced by Steven Soderbergh.
Another Bakula vehicle, a television pilot dubbed “Unbroken”, was not given a green light for series by NBC. According to TV Insider, “Bakula was set to star as retired rodeo champion and current rancher Ash Holleran in the “Yellowstone”-style drama. The drama, created by Shaun Cassidy (“New Amsterdam”), would revolve around three dynastic ranch families. on the central coast of California, making love and waging war in a passionate struggle for survival, the story would see a group of fiercely determined young women striving to win big at the National Rodeo Championship.