Quantum Leap, the much-loved 1990s sci-fi tv series starring Scott Bakula and the late Dean Stockwell, looks like it may be getting the reboot treatment.

Deadline has reported that the show, which starred Bakula as a time-travelling physicist and Stockwell as his cigar-chomping astral guide, has been given the greenlight for a pilot episode by US channel NBC.

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The follow-up series is said to be set in present time and follows a new team as they attempt to restart the project with the aim of understanding the mysteries behind the time machine and the man who created it.

According to Deadline, Bakula, who appeared in all 97 episodes as Dr. Sam Beckett between 1989 and 1993, is not attached to reprise his role or produce the new show but is aware of the reboot and has had conversations about potentially getting involved.

Stockwell died last November at age 85.

Reboots of the show have been attempted numerous times and speaking last year to the late Bob Saget on his podcast, Bakula said that there were "very significant conversations" about a Quantum Leap reboot.

"The rights were a mess for years. I don't know if they’re even sorted out now. That’s always been the biggest complication," he said, adding that he had spoken to series creator Don Bellisario over the years about a potential comeback, "and he would always say, 'I can’t write it without thinking of you and Dean.’"