Disney and Paramount Strike Deal for INDIANA JONES Franchise

     December 6, 2013

indiana-jones-harrison-ford

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.

indiana-jones-5-harrison-ford

Around The Web

Latest News

3 New ANT-MAN Images Size up Paul Rudd, Michael Doulgas, and Evanelinge Lilly

Marvel’s next film is less than two months away.

9 Movies You Forgot Were Scored by Hans Zimmer

One of the best composers of our time has a resume that's both extensive and versatile, ranging from 'Cool Runnings' to 'Mission: Impossible 2'.

FANTASTIC FOUR International Trailer Brings New Footage; Josh Trank Denies Reshoot Rumors

The director takes to social media to debunk troubled word on the upcoming blockbuster.

More THE MARTIAN Images Feature Matt Damon Surviving Ridley Scott’s Red Planet

The upcoming film also stars Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels.

DHEEPAN Review | Cannes 2015

Jacques Audiard's latest film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked

It turns out most Memorial Day movies aren’t very good.

AMY Review | Cannes 2015

Asif Kapadia's ('Senna') documentary is a biography of sorts, but also an incredible tribute to her as an artist.

Cannes 2015 Winners: Rooney Mara Best Actress, DHEEPAN the Palme d’Or, More

This year's Cannes jury includes Guillermo del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sienna Miller, and is headed up by Joel and Ethan Coen. What were their favorites of the fest?

CHRONIC Review | Cannes 2015

Michel Franco’s 'Chronic' stars Tim Roth as a homecare nurse who gets too involved with his patients.

Box Office: TOMORROWLAND Stays Ahead of PITCH PERFECT 2 with $32.1 Million

Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ held in first place for the three-day weekend with an estimated $32.1 million. ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ came in second with $30.3 million. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was down 47% in third while the ‘Poltergeist’ reboot opened as expected, in fourth place.

Page 1 of 3,96312345...102030...Last »