ADAPT THIS! What would be fantastic adapted into a movie or TV show? The possibilities are endless. Here's the second in our ADAPT THIS series of articles...
The show that made a bleeping PDA seem cute would make an incredible feature film. It made hosuehold names of Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell and had one of the most unique concepts ever devised for a genre TV show. While the Quantum Leap TV series may not seem like the most obvious choice for a film adaptation with its episodic nature, let's take a look at why it would work.
The idea of Quantum Leap is extremely flexible, and a two-hour film could encompass many of the various examples of the show's plot devices. There could be a vignette in the past, a vignette in the present and a vignette in the future, all tied together with one story arc as Samuel Beckett (Bakula) tries to get back to his own time and his own body. It could also give a clearer ending than the series did, as the TV show's ending left many fans confused and wanting more fo a sense of closure.
A feature film could take the shape of a reimagining of the Quantum Leap concept, or then again, it could see Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell reprise their famous roles. Quantum Leap always had a lot to say about the human condition and various attitudes. It dealt with difficult subjects such as race, gender, abuse and violence in a dignified manner, and would have a definite message for movie viewers should it ever come to the screen.
With the main character jumping from body to body, it would also give a movie studio ample room to cast stars as the reflections/real world counterparts of the people that Sam Beckett inhabits during each part of the story. Naturally, a film version of the Quantum Leap TV series wouldn't just have to follow one character. It could be a group of related characters trying to get back to the same point in time, all inhabiting different people in each zone that they 'Leap' to. This would also give ample opportunity for spin-offs, or even a new series.