According to a deal they just struck with Paramount, Disney will gain marketing and distribution rights to future Indiana Jones 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 has not officially announced that a fifth films is in the works.
That said, Disney will likely move quickly to get a film in motion. [emphasis mine] Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has expressed a lot of interest to monetize the brand ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year.
The last installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” grossed $783 million worldwide. [Variety]
Basically, it’s Star Wars VII all over again. So, you should most likely expect another open casting call for actors seeking a part in the Indiana Jones feature film series! We will keep you updated!
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