Two weeks ago, Scott Bakula crushed the hearts of Quantum Leap fans by releasing a statement that seemed to put a nail in the coffin in terms of his involvement in the reboot. But showrunner Martin Gero still isn’t ruling out Bakula’s presence, at least for an appearance in the time-traveling sci-fi series.
On September 15, Bakula published a Twitter feed before the first episode of the reboot airs on September 19. “I have no connection to the new show, either on camera or behind it. In January, the pilot was sold and a script was sent to me because Sam Beckett’s character was in it, which makes sense, right? As many of you have asked me over the past few months, “How could you do Quantum Leap without Sam?” (or Al, for that matter) Well, I guess we’re about to find out. It’s history.
“As the show has always been near and dear 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… Fingers crossed that this new cast and crew get a chance to tap into the magic that propelled the original Quantum Leap into the hearts and minds of generations past and present. I wish them well and happy jumping!
Speaking to Collider, Gero says he has an idea that might inspire Bakula to reboot; “I will always respectfully ask him [Bakula] do the show. I have a very, very good idea that Deborah (Pratt) knows and Don (Bellisario) knows. I think that could be really exciting. But I also fully respect his wishes. He knows our enthusiasm for him. He knows our enthusiasm, our love and our reverence for the old show. It’s no now. It would be pretty amazing to have him back, but I don’t know what that timeline looks like, or even if it’s possible.
“I want to be able to call her [Bakula’s] the managers just enough where they feel like I want it on the show, but not enough where they’re like, “That’s a possible stalker situation.” We need to alert the authorities. We would all love for that to happen, but we completely honor and respect his wishes.
For now, it’s Raymond Lee’s Ben Song making the jump – but a Bakula cameo seems inevitable. Sadly, Dean Stockwell, who played Sam Beckett’s sidekick Al, passed away in 2021. The sci-fi series originally aired between 1989 and 1993 and was a favorite of many. Clearly, Gero hopes Bakula’s next jump will be homecoming.
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