Disney secures rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films

Fri Dec 6, 2013 6:22pm EST

The main gate of entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. is pictured in Burbank, California May 5, 2009. Disney is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

The main gate of entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. is pictured in Burbank, California May 5, 2009. Disney is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings May 5, 2009.

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(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has gained marketing and distribution rights for any future "Indiana Jones" films under an agreement with Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the first four movies in the blockbuster franchise.

Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, will retain distribution rights to the original four films, the companies said in a statement on Friday. The "Indiana Jones" movies were produced by Lucasfilm, which Disney acquired in 2012.

Disney has not announced plans for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, though the new deal could make it easier to move forward on a new installment. Paramount will receive an undisclosed share of the proceeds from any future films.

The series began with 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" starring Harrison Ford as a hero archeologist. Ford starred in three later films, most recently "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008. Steven Spielberg directed each of the four movies, which have grossed $1.9 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Ronald Grover, Richard Chang and Tim Dobbyn)

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Comments (2)
GetOverItMFer wrote:
Please don’t kill Indy, any more than the last film did, for all of us, like you are about to do for the Star Wars movies!!!!!

Dec 06, 2013 8:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kablooy1 wrote:
Hopefully the next one won’t be as horrible as the last one.

Dec 06, 2013 8:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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