Saturday, 7 December 2013

Disney Takes Over ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise

Yes it’s true, Disney now hold the rights to The Indiana Jones Franchise. But the deal struck see’s paramount keep hold of the rights for the four previous movies. So it seems that George Lucas’s retirement fund will like his neck expand even bigger! Since the news was announced last night there has of course been a huge fan backlash but did any of them see the last movie?? You have to surely admit that it was truly dreadful, CGI monkeys, Aliens, Unfunny references to the last few films, So as with Disney now owning Star Wars and Marvel who knows what the next movie or probably ten will turn out like, Harrison Ford as pretty much made the role his as such an iconic cinematic figure so will they replace him??So get ready to see Indy's whip cracking at you in 3D or they may just make a Lego Indian Jones movie! I guess only time shall tell.
Jonny T.

This from VARIETY magazine.

“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 also had to buy the rights from Paramount to market and release “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which earned Paramount a considerable sum in return.

Disney has not officially announced that a fifth “Indiana Jones” film is in the works.
While promoting his Relativity film “Paranoia” in August, Harrison Ford expressed interest at another crack at the whip but, as of right now, no writers have been hired to write a script.

Sources say that Steven Spielberg, who directed the previous films, would still be interested in helming future pics but, like with the other installments, a story would first need to be hashed out before Spielberg would ever commit. Insiders also added that while George Lucas has sold his stake in Lucasfilm to Disney, he still may have a part in developing the story like he and Spielberg had done in the past.

That said, Disney will likely move quickly to get a film in motion, given Disney’s desire to monetize its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm.

The last installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” grossed $783 million worldwide. The entire franchise has earned $1.9 billion.”

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