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Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future ‘Indiana Jones’ Films

Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films

“I would do it in a New York minute, yes,” Harrison Ford said earlier this year about returning for another “Indiana Jones” sequel. “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!” And, he might just get his chance to put on the hat and crack the whip one more time.

Last year, when Disney made the monumental deal for Lucasfilm, the focus at the time was on the “Star Wars” brand, resulting in a wave of sequels and spinoffs on the way, starting with J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: Episode 7” dropping on December 18, 2015. In fact, the studio went out of their way to say they had no plans for Indiana Jones. But Disney has reassessed, it seems, and taken a moment away from star-gazing to focus on the other properties in the Lucasfilm catalog and have struck a deal, obtaining the rights to all future “Indiana Jones” movies. Well, don’t they own them already? Not exactly.

Since Paramount produced and distributed the first four movies, they’ll be hanging on to those. Moreover, Paramount will also get a cut of any future “Indiana Jones” movies. A small price to pay perhaps for Disney, but they’ll more than make up for it as it’s a huge property, a still very viable brand with lots of opportunities for them to utilize it via their theme parks and more. In short, it’s not a complete surprise they’re making this move.

As for whether or not “Indiana Jones 5” is happening anytime soon or has a date on the calendar, that’s not clear just yet. But given that shortly following the purchase of Lucasfilm last year, the plans for sequels and spinoffs quickly followed, we wouldn’t be shocked if Disney already has a tentative gameplan. [Variety]

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