Disney and Paramount Strike Deal for INDIANA JONES Franchise

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The legal entanglement that was the Indiana Jones franchise has now been untangled.  When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, there was a question of how future Indiana Jones films would proceed since Paramount released the first four movies.  Today, Disney announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise.  Under the new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films along with its current ownership of the rights that it secured when it purchased Lucasfilm.  Hit the jump for more, including where Paramount fits into this new deal.

indiana-jones-harrison-ford-steven-spielberg-george-lucasThough Disney now owns the Indiana Jones series and can produce future films at its leisure, Variety notes that under the new deal, Paramount will still be responsible for the distribution of the previous four Indiana Jones films and will enjoy financial participation on any future Indiana Jones films that are released.  A fifth Indiana Jones film has yet to be officially announced, but a property that lucrative likely won’t stay dormant for too long in today’s franchise-happy box office climate.

Though George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have been more apprehensive about moving forward with a follow-up to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford is very much game to don the whip and hat once again.  The 72-year-old actor recently said that he would do Indiana Jones 5 “in a New York Minute,” and with all legal entanglements out of the way, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear word about some sort of new Indiana Jones movie—be it a reboot or straight sequel—sooner rather than later.

If you’re keeping score at home, Disney now has distribution over Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones.

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  • Walt Gamble

    So no paramount mountain dissolving into the first shot of the film?!!!? Boooo!!!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

      it’ll be the water tower where you turn into the Disney Park.. you know, the one with the big mouse ears?… yeah, that one..

  • mattinacan

    awesome, now we can enjoy Disney milking the shit out of indiana jones for the next fifteen years. let’s hire JJ to direct, and be sure to have Lindelof polish the final script. God save us.

    • awer

      Rather have god save us from something else

  • varagor

    As bad as the last movie was, at least Harrison Ford looked like he gave a shit, unlike most of his acting in recent years. Maybe there is still hope for another good Indie movie.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      The last few years I think he’s really started to take better roles which actually stretch him more. He had like 10 years straight of ho hum throw films. Now I think he’s realizing his place in the movie world again.

      • varagor

        I gather that you haven’t seen Ender’s Game.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        That is true.

      • John

        He was actually really good in Ender’s Game. A flawed movie for sure, but his performance was intense. I’m betting you haven’t seen it either.

    • Agent777

      The bad thing is, compared to every other blockbuster to come out in the past decade (aside from Peter Jackson and Christopher Nolan movies), Indy 4 was still head and sholders above the rest.

  • Lance

    Not having the mountain dissolve in future films kinda sucks. But guess they can always have the Disney Castle dissolve into a shot of… some other castle?

    This might or might not be good. Less Lucas involvement, less Mutt. Could Ford come back for one more film or not? Or maybe go with a reboot? Either way, keep Spielberg on board, and definitely John Williams.

    • BradZuhl

      They’d definitely have to reboot it to make their money back. I’m sure they look at Indy as a James Bond type character that can have endless numbers of actors play him and in 50 years people will be asking “Who was your favorite Indy?” Or at least that’s probably what Disney is hoping.

      • bob

        ugh

      • Chad

        And there’s nothing wrong with that. Absolutely no reason another actor can’t play Indy. Nobody thought anyone else but Connery could play Bond, and that’s well been proven wrong.

      • Agent777

        Well, Indy is a character entirly conceived on film. James Bond was sucessful because Ian Fleming wrote and amazing series of books. Whoever was Bond first would of been just as iconic as Connery. Roger Moore was actually Ian Fleming choice, but was contracted to the Saint, and when Roger Moore became Bond, his films made more money worldwide (except for in the U.S.) so Connery’s status is a myth since his films did the best in the U.S. So Bond has been a success, in the same way that Batman, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. have, because of source material the films are based on is A+. Indy on the other hand is a cinematic creation, he is Harrison Ford. That said, the Young Indian Jones year are a possibility, as Young Indy has been played by multiple actors, so I can maybe see that. But a Indy reboot would just be milking a dead horse for money. Period. There is no body of work to draw upon, so their would cease to be the rich subtext provided by the creative (or dare I say artist) team that originated the series. That’s why there haven’t been any new Dirty Harry films, but Sherlock Holmes, “Jack Ryan” and “Alex Cross” are fair game, because it’s the books that are definitive, and anything else is just someone perspective on that book, therefore prone to be inconstant in quality.

      • the truth

        Huge difference there, Connery was replaced 7 years after his first James Bond 007 film. Ford has been Indiana Jones for 32 years now, so the James Bond effect does not apply here.

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  • TrekBeatTK

    But who controls the rights to Young Indiana Jones? Will we ever get a release of the REAL series, with the old Indy bumpers? Don’t get me wrong, I like the chronological edit versions on DVD, but some of those are awkward and I don’t like the idea of pretending old Indy isn’t canon.

    • ses

      The Young indiana Jones Chronicles was a great series, but the actor for old Indy was terribly miscast and should be ignored.

  • Khan

    This news bring warmth to my heart after Paul and Mandela’s deaths. Everything happened in the span of six days.

    • Agent777

      You should go to a nature area or go on a hike. Go outside and get some sun.

  • Kevin Carter

    Looking forward to an announcement soon and another chance to see Ford play Indy one last time…

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  • The Flobbit

    Yay, more Indiana Jones!

  • eAbyss

    It might work out if they don’t make the mistake of hiring Abrams again to destroy another franchise.

    • Kevin Carter

      I enjoyed the new Trek movies

      • lucky

        then you know nothing about star trek, JJ abrams abomination star trek remakes are NOT star trek. His star wars will NOT be Star Wars. JJ and his fans should die.

      • mike

        Holy shit calm down. They should die? For anyone who didn’t watch Star Trek before the remakes, the movies were fine. Get over yourself.

      • Kevin Carter

        Ah, bless. Way to have a little tantrum.
        I bow to your greater knowledge of what a true Trek fan is…. I’ve only been watching Trek since the re runs in the early 70′s so what do I know??

      • doctor_robot

        take your meds, freak.

      • sha

        JJ’s trek films are abysmal. I pretend they never happened. There are only 10 Star Trek films. JJ’s are puerile shit that should be destroyed.

      • Kevin Carter

        Are you counting Insurrection and Nemesis as some of the greats?

  • Ched Groundheggin

    “in today’s franchise-happy box office climate”

    While that is very true, that phrase is said without putting too much thought into it and has become cliche.

    What does it really mean? When did this era really start? Is it likely to continue for years? decades? What are the ramifications of “sequelitus” on original content being created

    Might be an interesting documentary- I might try to find funding.

    • Sten

      I guess it started in the 80s with the big franchise sequels like Aliens, Indy, Star Wars etc. Although there were sequels right in the beginning of filmmaking. Think of the Tarzan movies, the Draculas and Frankensteins in the 30s and 40s. Later on the countless Western and Samurai film series. Godzilla. Not that fresh to speak of sequelitis. Even Reboots are age-old. How many Draculas can you count (pun intended)? Or Djangos? Or James Bonds? Nothing new here, just more effects.

      • Ched Groundheggin

        Everything seems so disposable anymore – the iconic thought people keep in there head for Star Wars or Indiana Jones is a thought that I don’t see the next generation of filmmakers having towards this generation of genre films-

        Every week we get a new film that is given an immediate review cycle and then relegated decent or crap- These films really don’t even have time to breath before their life cycle is over-

        Thor 2 is an example of that for me – I didn’t really like it or hate it, the only thing that still sticks out to me is the terrible compositing of the live action footage onto the effects-

        As far as money making goes- the studios are doing a fine job- But nothing really has the staying power. Something like the Avengers was a success but I can easily see that being not nearly as endeared in 20 years.

        Just rambling cause I am up on caffeine at 4am trying to avoid working on my businesses website.

      • Agent777

        If you look at the Universal Horror films and the Godzilla series, they were all basically made by the same people. Ishiro Honda who directed Godzilla, did 24 fantasy films (Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, a little known space trilogy that inspired Star Wars, etc.) between 1954 and 1975. 24 films! That doesn’t happen these days, and it’s a huge problem. Jack Pierce did makeup at Universal from 1930 to 1945, so Frankenstein, Wolfman, the Mummy, those iconic looks were all design and applied by the same man! Those are just two examples, but these series were directed by fantastic teams that came together and made true magic for, roughly, 20 year periods (until the studios screwed them over). So the modern reboot phenomena is new, because they jump from one team to another with hit or miss results, knowing that if the franchise has a big enough name they will at the very least break even.

      • Sten

        Well, that sounds right. But these were sequels nonetheless, weren’t they? Nothing to add here.

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  • Agent777

    I would never see a Indy movie that didn’t either have Spielberg as Director or Ford as Indy.

  • Raptor Jesus

    Doc Savage was the inspiration for Indy.

    Why not just make Doc Savage movies?

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  • lss

    Great……..just fucking great and I am being sarcastic. Disney is already fucking up and messing up Star Wars with JJ the hack abrams, jj churns out shit after shit. Now indiana Jones is going to get shitted on. Why did Lucas and Paramount not make a fifth one by now?! The fourth one is my favorite and I was thinking the fifth one would be in the bermuda triangle or in a pyramid in egypt. But I do not want Disney doing this, like their Star Wars remake shit with the JJ hack abrams ugly shit, their Indy will be shit as well!

  • lss

    Great……..just fucking great and I am being sarcastic. Disney is already fucking up and messing up Star Wars with JJ the hack abrams, jj churns out shit after shit. Now indiana Jones is going to get shitted on. Why did Lucas and Paramount not make a fifth one by now?! The fourth one is my favorite and I was thinking the fifth one would be in the bermuda triangle or in a pyramid in egypt. But I do not want Disney doing this, like their Star Wars remake shit with the JJ hack abrams ugly shit, their Indy will be shit as well!!

  • lss

    Great……..just fucking great and I am being sarcastic. Disney is already fucking up and messing up Star Wars with JJ the hack abrams, jj churns out shit after shit. Now indiana Jones is going to get shitted on. Why did Lucas and Paramount not make a fifth one by now?! The fourth one is my favorite and I was thinking the fifth one would be in the bermuda triangle or in a pyramid in egypt. But I do not want Disney doing this, like their Star Wars remake shit with the JJ hack abrams ugly shit, their Indy will be shit as well!!!!!

    • ozweego

      “Now indiana Jones is going to get shitted on”… ahem, I believe Crystal Skull already shitted on the franchise.

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  • name

    I want Disney to burn……Star Wars?!……now Indiana Jones?!! GO TO HELL DISNEY, you are screwing up two franchises!

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