In an exclusive interview with ShortList, Sam Neill revealed that he has recently been filming for Thor: Ragnarok, which would reunited him with director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Jeff Goldblum, who he starred alongside in Jurassic Park.
This will be the first time that both the actors will have worked together since 1993.
After discussing Marvel Studio’s security, the actor is asked again about whether or not he will be returning in the Jurassic World sequel. Sam Neill (or more, Yahoo!) caused a stir among the community recently when he stated that Dr Alan Grant may be dead – meaning that we’d never see him again. While it was clearly intended to be taken as a joke, the actor was asked the same question by ShortList:
ShortList: Now there’s talks of Goldblum being tapped up for the next Jurassic World movie. Please tell me Sam Neill is returning [to the world]. Have you heard anything?
Sam Neill: Is there? I was just asked about that before and I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore. He’s retired from paleontology, he’s sick to death of dinosaurs… and running. He’s not quite as fleet of foot as he was, and he’s now retired to Dayton, Ohio and has a very successful accountancy business.
ShortList: Is that what you thinks happened?
Sam Neill: I think that’s what happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead.
The two continue to discuss the character’s post-JP3 status and whether or not he would have received therapy.
While it is clear that Sam Neill is joking around, it is also apparent that he does not fully believe Dr Alan Grant has a position in the franchise anymore, and that Jurassic World has moved on from the original trilogy. In a way he is correct – Jurassic World has established itself with a new set of principles and characters, only bringing Dr Wu back from the original trilogy. However, part of the reason Jurassic World sold so well in theaters was because of the nostalgia factor, something both Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens used in their favor.
The key difference was that The Force Awakens blended new and interesting characters with older fan favorites to bridge the sequel with the original films. Jurassic World could have benefited from a more familiar cameo.
The two continue:
ShortList: If the call came, would Grant be interested?
Sam Neill: The call hasn’t come and no one can find Grant. He’s disappeared. Someone found his hat! His hat was floating on the Hudson river. But that was the last that was ever heard of him.
Watch the video below. He is asked about Jurassic Park at 03:50:
Where do you believe Dr Alan Grant is now? Did he finally pluck up the courage to ask Ellie back out? Is he still digging for dinosaurs? Let us know in the comments section below, and let us know if you’d like him to see him return in Jurassic World 2!