Honestly, the property has been in creative limbo for over two decades since its signature end that kinda/sorta divided fandom over what happened to Dr. Sam Beckett. I've long argued that in that swan song Beckett was somehow merely stuck in the time stream, continuing to jump from body and body, setting right things that once went wrong, and so on and so forth. I've read others suggest that he wouldn't exist any longer since his actions essentially deconstructed the Quantum Leap program, meaning it never got started, and thus he caused his own demise. I've always resisted that conclusion, insisting that the universe -- cold she might be -- would never squash someone who had accomplished so many great things over the show's five season run; and I hold out hope that good deeds still account for something in the Great Beyond.
But, I digress ...
Producer Donald Bellisario and practically everyone involved at some point with the popular Science Fiction and Fantasy serial have long promised a follow-up, but nothing ever transpired. Dean Stockwell's passing just last year kinda/sorta cemented (in my mind anyway) that we wouldn't be getting a legitimate sequel much less an honest answer to the fate of Sam ... and the news I've read today lightly confirms that: Variety is reporting that a new iteration of the Quantum Leap program is quite possibly finally heading to the small screen. Curiously enough, the article states that an all-new team has been assembled to investigate what happened with the original project ... did you catch that? That means Sam and Al did exist, and that those good deeds did account for something.
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that if this summary is correct then there's definitely a chance that actor Scott Bakula -- who pretty much rocketed onto fandom's radar with his work on this show -- might be tasked with returning to the property. That would be a huge plus if this is a kinda/sorta continuation of the original storyline, but it's way too early to begin making these kind of assumptions based on what little chicken scratch there is to the Variety piece.
Minimally, I'm thrilled that there's finally some movement on this front. Bakula himself has long asserted that the franchise was far from dead, and that fact that NBC appears to have finally made a call to action bodes well. It's early ... but "Oh, boy!"
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!