The cult favorite science fiction series Sliders could be heading towards a comeback, according to former series star John Rhys-Davies.
At this weekend's Toronto Comic Con, Rhys-Davies told Flickering Myth, "Jerry [O'Connell] had been pestering me for a number of years and we're actually talking to NBC at the moment to see if there's any possibility of rebooting the series."
Whether or not this would be a reboot or a continuation of the original series, Rhys-Davies doesn't say, only that, if given the chance, he "would do it again, if just to show how it should be done."
The show, which ran from 1995 to 2000, originally starred Rhys-Davies, O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, and Cleavant Derricks as accidental travelers between dimensions who were forced to jump from parallel Earth to parallel Earth in search of their lost home world. They were in danger of being stranded on these parallel worlds, as vortexes to the next world could only be opened once every 30 years.
Apparently, ownership rights are one of the main obstacles to the show being revived in some form or another.
"They're looking into the basic question of who actually owns it," said Rhys-Davies, who admitted that no one's really sure who actually owns the series. Since the show was broadcast on Fox and the Sci-Fi Channel and distributed by NBCUniversal. It's unclear which of these three parties currently holds the show's rights.
Despite having left the show midway through its third season, Rhys-Davies is enthusiastic about returning to hopping from dimension to dimension if the problem of ownership is cleared up. He says that new technology could make the show something special.
"I think we could do something quite extraordinary." he said. "I wouldn’t want to do it for the rest of my life, but I would do it for a season or two if it was right.”
Sliders ran from 1995 - 1997 on Fox, and from 1998-1999 on the Sci-Fi Channel.