Continuing with their Borg-esque assimilation of all things “Lucas”, Disney has announced they’ve come to an agreement with Paramount regarding the Indiana Jones film franchise, according to Variety. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films, and will receive a financial participation on any sequels produced.
Meanwhile, the “Big D” will have distribution and marketing rights to any future entries in the franchise, and they will maintain the ownership rights they received when they acquired Lucasfilm.
Disney is no stranger to striking such deals with Paramount: The House of Mouse made a similar arrangement with the studio to obtain the distribution rights to both The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
While both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg have expressed interest in making a fifth Indy flick, no official announcement that a new film is in production was ever made by Paramount.
A similar announcement has yet to be made by Disney as well.
Tune in next time, when likely we’ll hear about Disney’s efforts to snatch up American Graffitti, Willow, and Howard The Duck.
(PS: If Disney actually owns any of these films, keep it to yourself 😉 )