While promoting the UK release of the Kiwi comedy film Hunt For The Wilderpeople, which he stars in, Sam Neill was asked if he's heard anything about reprising the role of world-renowned paleontologist Alan Grant, who was the protagonist in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993) and Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III (2001), in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.
"I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore," Neill told the ShortList, which you can view in the video above. "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. I think that's what's happened to Alan. Either that or he's dead."
And even if Grant is alive, he's probably suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being chased by raptors and a Tyrannosaurus rex on Isla Nublar and nearly drowned by a Spinosaur on Isla Sorna. But who knows, maybe he sought a therapist and is fully-recovered.
"How do you recover from all of that stuff?" Neill asked. "I don't think therapists are trained to deal with post-dino stuff. No. I don't think you get over it. Accountany would be one way."
And what would Neill do if he go a call asking him to return?
"The call hasn't come," he replied. "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 ever heard of him."
Back in April, while promoting Independence Day: Resurgence, Jeff Goldblum said he would be open to repirsing the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in another Jurassic Park film, but he was neither campaigin for the opportunity nor did he expect to receive such an offer.
Jurassic World 2 is set to open in theaters on June 22, 2018.