Remember how Disney bought
everything LucasFilm and thus Star Wars and Indiana Jones? Well, Indiana Jones has historically been distributed by Paramount and that was cause for some concern. Which in Hollywood means “lawyering”. Good news though, the lawyering is over and a deal has been hammered out.
Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures said today that they’ve reached a marketing and distribution deal for the Indiana Jones franchise. Among other things, this agreement removes the last hurdle for Disney in moving forward with future Indiana Jones movies, which the company acquired when it purchased Lucasfilm in a multibillion-dollar deal late last year. The new deal gives Disney marketing and distribution rights to future films as well as retaining Lucasfilm’s ownership rights — which basically means they’ve got the whole shebang now. Paramount, on the other hand, isn’t left in the cold: The studio will continue to have distribution rights to the first four films.
So basically Disney owns Mr. Jones, Disney gets full rights for any new Mr. Jones, and Paramount gets to keep distribution rights to the four existing movies.
So win-win, I suppose? The more interesting thing that there’s no confirmation of a new movie being greenlit. Maybe it’s not enough time to get a movie made for 2015 (when we’re getting Star Wars and Avengers). Oh wait, no, it totally is enough time so I imagine that will be the first announcement of the new year.