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Disney Secures Rights To All Future Indiana Jones Films

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12/08/2013 10:47 am
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Disney Secures Rights To All Future Indiana Jones Films
Media Courtesy of Disney/Paramount

Sarah Goddard

Content Editor

In 2012 Walt Disney Studios paid an astounding $4 billion to purchase Lucasfilm, which gave them the rights to the Star Wars film franchise, and it was not long thereafter that they announced plans to develop, finance and release Star Wars: Episode VII. However the same couldn’t be said for the Indiana Jones franchise, as distribution company, Paramount Pictures still held partial ownership. That all changed on December 6 when Disney and Paramount reached a distribution and marketing agreement, which gives Disney the rights to market and distribute any further Indiana Jones films. 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.” What this means is that while Disney will have full control over all future Indiana Jones related projects, Paramount will still receive a percentage of profits. While there has been nothing said concerning a new movie, it’s no real secret that the star of the Indiana Jones films, Harrison Ford would certainly entertain the possibility should one be presented to him. “I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I'm old enough that we don't need [Sean] Connery any more - I'm old enough to play my own father!” Ford said during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show back in October. The last Indy film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008 and grossed $786 million at the world wide box office and the entire film franchise has earned over $1.9 billion.


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