Disney Takes Over Rights to ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise

Disney Gets Rightst to Indiana Jones

Paramount keeps distribution rights to previous four films

The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise.

Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm.

Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.

Disney also had to buy the rights from Paramount to market and release “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which earned Paramount a considerable sum in return.

SEE ALSO: Paramount’s Super Payoff for ‘Iron Man 3′

Disney has not officially announced that a fifth “Indiana Jones” film is in the works.

While promoting his Relativity film “Paranoia” in August, Harrison Ford expressed interest at another crack at the whip but, as of right now, no writers have been hired to write a script.

Sources say that Steven Spielberg, who directed the previous films, would still be interested in helming future pics but, like with the other installments, a story would first need to be hashed out before Spielberg would ever commit. Insiders also added that while George Lucas has sold his stake in Lucasfilm to Disney, he still may have a part in developing the story like he and Spielberg had done in the past.

SEE ALSO: What the Future of Indiana Jones Could Look Like at Disney

That said, Disney will likely move quickly to get a film in motion, given Disney’s desire to monetize its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm.

The last installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” grossed $783 million worldwide. The entire franchise has earned $1.9 billion.

 

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  1. dluis says:

    THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    Disney to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion
    I SENSE A GREAT DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE…
    Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

  2. Said it before, and I’ll say it again. The success of the Indiana Jones film was all due to Steven Spielberg. George Lucas is a whiny sell out.

  3. Lela says:

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  4. Josh says:

    007 tentpole #2? The franchise should reboot with Daniel Craig as the lead. Cowboys and aliens put them both together in a film that looked close to the last Indian Jones. The screen presence of Harrison ford and Criag in that film has the feel of passing a torch over to the next Indy..

  5. jackconner says:

    Ha! I’d love to see Indy vs. Cthulhu. Of course, to be faithful to the spirit of Lovecraft, Indy might have to be driven insane at the end — or maybe he can keep his eyes closed a la “Raiders” and never actually behold the Dreaming One as he puts him back in his tomb.

  6. Dirk Disco says:

    Indiana Jones and the Call of Cthulu would work with a senior citizen Indy.

  7. Harrison Ford is Nicolas Cage’s uncle? National Treasure 3:Indiana Jones And The Northwest Passage

  8. If they want to revive this franchise there’s one simple way of doing it: Fate of Atlantis, the Movie.

  9. Future films and lots of merchandising? just in time for Christmas

  10. viper says:

    i love to point out even with all of these profits. disney is losing money with their mistakes. let me show you a prime example of a article of what i mean by that. http://micechat.com/49401-my-magic-plus-failure/

  11. …anyway to avoid doing ANYTHING on their own, they’ll spend BILLIONS to buy someone else’s “Creativity” because they’re too cheap to pay anyone “Smart” enough and “Talented” enough to do anything ORIGINAL that, MAYBE, just MAYBE, might be hugely SUCCESSFUL, but they’re to scared and too cheap to even try.
    It won’t be long before they run the Marvel deal into the ground because they don’t want to shell out for anything ORIGINAL and all of the old story lines will be so out dated even the Nerds will begin to revolt. I’ve been in this business long enough to know when the “tide” begins to “turn”, I’ve seen it more then a few times, and it’s just about ready.to start.

  12. Jeff Huston says:

    Aaron Eckhart as Indy in a reboot!

  13. Angry Terminator says:

    No Summer, Dekker, Headey no TSCC nor any legitimate Terminator series. I wanted to see the continuation of the TSCC, not some commercial gimmick. I guess Annapopurna are set to destroy the terminator franchise through squeezing every penny out of it.

    Eventho the duo worked on the show, everyone knows that Josh was the main part of the core. It just won’t work the same way. Maybe it will be better, for some. I personally think this will be like T3 in comparison to the movies.

  14. jackconner says:

    Getting the tone right’s going to be difficult, I think. Not even Speilberg could do it more than once, exactly. Temple was quite a bit darker, while Crusade was lighter, and though both have their merits neither quite aligns with the original tonally. Kingdom was . . . well, I hate to even fit that into the canon, really. It was both a tonal and narrative mess. And as much as I detest Shia in that movie, at least he seemed passionate about the material, unlike everyone else involved — except the accountants.

  15. MoshePipik says:

    Marion Ravenwood- Disney’s newest princess

  16. So, presumably, any future film will have to start with a shot of a Gothic castle, following a fade-in from the Disney logo? Indy vs. Dracula anyone?

    • Duke says:

      Probably not.

      Right now, Disney’s corporate info site lists Lucasfilm as a separate film label (a la Touchstone) so I would expect the Lucasfilm logo (or an updated version of it) to fly solo before their movies.

  17. Marc Orbito says:

    Based on Ford’s age, the new film would have to be set in the early 60’s… Civil Rights era? Hmm… maybe we’ll see him take on the KKK.

  18. It will be interesting to see how much more the Film Industry will change. I’ve noticed that quite a few films have a number of sponsors, etc. As for Disney, I’ll always be a fan…ditto re Indiana Jones.

  19. jackconner says:

    Reblogged this on jackconner and commented:
    Cool! This seems to indicate that Disney wants to make more Indy movies. Sadly, Harrison Ford is a bit long in the tooth for Indy, and has lost his passion for filmmaking, besides, but I guess if they can replace Mel Gibson as Mad Max in the new movie they can replace anybody. Of course, the difference is that the new Max movie is being made by George Miller, who made the first three. It’s his baby. We need to hope and pray that someone with that much love makes the new Indy movies.

    Cough. Uh, Disney? I’m available.

    • Johnnie says:

      With comments like this, I really wanna read your blog: “This seems to indicate that Disney wants to make more Indy movies.”
      REALLY? IT DOES?! WOW! THAT’S SERIOUS INSIGHT! AND HERE I THOUGHT DISNEY ONLY REACHES DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING AGREEMENTS FOR CHARACTERS IT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT! THANKS FOR SETTING US STRAIGHT!

      idiot.

    • The Mad Max films kind of reset the mythology with each movie, though. It’s not even entirely clear that Gibson is playing the same character in each film. I’m not entirely sure that audiences will take to an imposter in the role of Indy, who is far more iconic than Mad Max Rockatansky. Still, so long as they don’t go the ‘Adventures of Indy jnr, starring Shia LaBouf’ route, I remain interested!

  20. peebee says:

    So…. what did they acquire exactly? They already had the rights, just not the rights to the first 4 films. Which it appears Paramount is keeping. So…. what did they buy?

    • MovieGeek says:

      I guess they can now make TV series, Video games, comics… and who knows new films with somebody new in the main role (I know… it sounds crazy, but hey, after all they did change several actors after Connery and nobody thought it would be possible).

    • Robert Pope says:

      Rights to distribute and market future films. They would have had to pay, and share those rights with Paramount previously.

      • DanZee says:

        Paramount owned the right to distribute both Marvel films and Indiana Jones movies. If Disney hadn’t bought both the Iron Man and Indy rights, Disney would have to have Paramount distribute its movies. With a standard 15% distribution deal, each future film would have earned Paramount over $100 million each. So Disney paid Paramount $115 for Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, and probably a higher amount for future Indy movies. I’m sure many directors are itching to direct an Indy film.

      • Jeff Harris says:

        But in giving Paramount monies for the future films, Disney is still paying Paramount and kind of sharing those rights. So, yeah. A real headscratcher of a deal.

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