Walt Disney Studios have reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures that sees Disney owning the distribution and marketing rights to any future films in the Indiana Jones franchise, on top of retaining the ownership rights when they bought Lucasfilm.
Under the new agreement Paramount are still in charge when it comes to the distribution of the first four Indiana Jones films. They will even receive an undisclosed sum of the profits on any future films that are released.
Disney has not announced a new Indiana Jones film, but given that they now hold the keys to one (and how quickly they announced Star Wars Episode VII after acquiring Lucasfilm) it can’t be long before they reveal that a fifth film (or a spin-off film) is officially on the way. Star Harrison Ford has expressed an interest in returning to the franchise. However, the fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, took nearly two decades to make it to the big screen.
George Lucas’ iconic character also made an appearance in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, a series which only saw two seasons. Lucas had outlined a detailed history of Indiana Jones, which does lead to speculation that a new TV series might also be in the works.