Bakula To Make 'A Bold Leap Forward'?By Chris Wales
November 6, 2004 - 2:57 AM
See Also: 'Detained' Episode Guide
It seems three season of Enterprise may not have quelled Scott Bakula's (Jonathan Archer) time-travelling habits – as reports suggest that he may be working on a project that could see new Quantum Leap back on TV for the first time in eleven years.
According to Dark Horizons, rumour had it that a two-hour telemovie with the work title "A Bold Leap Forward" may be in the pipeline, with production to start January next year. This would reportedly be headed by original Quantum Leap creator Don Bellisario and writer Trey Callaway, who wrote the horror flick I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and was involved in Tim Burton's Lost in Oz.
Rumours indicate that the movie would be set eleven years after the end of the original show in keeping with the actual time since the show went off-air. The original series finished with Dr. Sam Beckett (Bakula) leaping continually and out of control, losing touch with his friend and mentor Albert 'Al' Calavicci (Dean Stockwell).
Al would reportedly make contact once again with Sam, then after losing contact bring in Sam's daughter Sammy Jo, sending her on her father's path in an attempt to bring him back. If the premise is successfully executed and well-received, the potential for a TV show would apparently also be present. It has been suggested that Bakula would make guest appearances throughout the run.
Most recently, Bakula and Stockwell were reunited not as Sam and Al but as Captain Jonathan Archer and Tandaran Colonel Grat in the first season Enterprise episode "Detained". The episode contained a number of nods to Quantum Leap, including Dean Stockwell's character constantly carrying around a small computer device and tapping information into it.
The planned TV movie has an IMDB entry; the original report can be found at Dark Horizons. Please remember that no production sources have officially confirmed this and until such time as they may, you should treat this information as you would any other rumour.