INDIANA JONES Now Hangs His Fedora At DISNEY: Movie Rights Acquired From Paramount
Disney and Paramount Pictures have finally reached a distribution and marketing agreement regarding the Indiana Jones franchise. Disney secured the rights to all Lucasfilm properties in their massive billion dollar deal, but Paramount had their hands on Indy as well. Now all that is settled and Disney owns it lock, stock, and barrel.
Under the new agreement, Disney can distribute and market new films. According to Variety, 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 has announced no plans for a new film, but Harrison Ford has repeatedly expressed his interest in playing the character again.
Ford’s wish gained a little traction when a rumor earlier this summer suggested the actor had agreed to come back for Star Wars as long as Disney committed itself to making a new Indiana Jones. That hasn’t been confirmed, but this deal definitely makes it seem more likely. What do you think about Disney holding the rights? Do you hope they give Ford another crack of the whip like he’s been asking for?