Disney buys Indiana Jones rights

House of Mouse and Paramount Pictures reach distribution and marketing agreement for the action series originally created by George Lucas.

Walt Disney Studios has secured another classic LucasFilm franchise, announcing on Friday that it had reached a deal with Paramount Pictures to acquire distribution and marketing rights for future films in the action series created by Star Wars visionary George Lucas.

Disney bought LucasFilm--creators of both Star Wars and Indiana Jones--in October 2012 for $4.05 billion, though the company did not have full ownership of the Indiana Jones franchise until now. Financial terms of the deal were not specified.

As outlined in a report on Variety, Paramount will retain distribution rights for the first four Indiana Jones films and will receive "financial participation" on any new movies that come out of Disney.

A great to-do was made of Disney's purchase of the Star Wars series last fall, and three new films were announced in the process. The same can't be said for this deal, as no new films or other brand extensions were announced or even hinted at.

Still, it remains possible that Disney's acquisition of the Indiana Jones franchise could result in new video games based on the beloved action series. The most recent console Indiana Jones game was 2009's Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Facebook game Indiana Jones Adventure World, from social game studio Zynga, will close on January 14, 2014.

After Disney acquired LucasFilm in October 2012, the media giant signed a 10-year deal with Electronic Arts to make the Battlefield publisher the exclusive publisher of new games based on the Star Wars series. One of these products is Star Wars: Battlefront, a new entry in the shooter series currently in development at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden.

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spikepigeo
spikepigeo

George Lucas wants to disappear. I can understand that after what he's done. I'll leave him in peace, credit him for creating two of the greatest franchises of all time, but I won't forgive him for the last two decades. And as always...


HAN SHOT FIRST

soulless4now
soulless4now

Cool, now they should update the Disneyland ride. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good.  The less properties this sellout man child has, the better.


Although I didn't hate Crystal Skull, I'd like to see another film like Raiders or Last Crusade.  Still think Crystal Skull is vastly superior to Temple of Doom.  I really hated that movie.  Only one good scene.

pszone
pszone

Well they cant do nothing for lego games of Indiana jones unless they put them on ps4 and xbox1.

Be No surprise if a lot ps3 and xbox360 games   transfer to ps4 and xbox1.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Watch the Plinkett review for Indiana Jones 4 and find out why the series doesn't work anymore.


Stop desecrating this dead franchise.

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

A new Indiana Jones movie should start with Indiana in a hospital room  and the Last Movie was all a Coma Induced Dream


billzihang
billzihang

"Yes, this is a castle, and we have many tapestries. But if you are a Scottish lord, then I am Mickey Mouse!" Yes, it seems he REALLY is.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Piss my childhood up the wall why don't you, first Star Wars and now this ! on one hand Im happy an unrestrained George Lucas isn't at the helm anymore on the other hand its Disney, I fully expect them to give exclusive gaming rights to their partners in corporate crime EA as the cherry on the cake, a soulless cake made of vomit and corporate greed !

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well here coome ze sequels!

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

TBH, I rather have Mickey Mouse as the new Indy than  Shia Lebouf

Tommi88
Tommi88

Better they have it than letting it rot away :)

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

Disney is grabbing everything 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Indiana Jones and Disney on Ice

madgame23
madgame23

Shia lebouf, Chris pike, and the guy playing new Spock are good actors. However, while Chris plays a really good Kirk, the new Spock at times feels forced he doesn't have the deep voice and personality as Leonard nemoy! I mean star trek 2 copied original Star Trek 2 with opposite endings, spoilers. Shia should not play as Indiana jones or his son because he doesn't have the character appeal. No offense, he doesn't have the voice or the raw character skill that Harrison ford does! He made Han Solo and Indiana popular, granted magnum pi, Tom Seleck could have done awsome too! Would be cool if in a good sequel we saw him in it as a rival. Yes, crystal skull sucked due to the really bad CGI and crappy third act segments, ie swinging on vines with monkeys, alien mojo stuff etc!

tonytones21
tonytones21

They've done really good with marvel, so I have faith in them.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I'm not complaining. Disney is practically the most successful movie company of all time. Owning Marvel has been nothing but success for them, and if they pull off the new Star Wars movie well, then I can see a future Indian Jones movie being good as well

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

*Throws Disney out of the movie industry*

"No ticket!"

hadlee73
hadlee73

Disney exec: "I don't know. Indiana Jones just doesn't fit with our way to doing things."

*show Disney exec the Shia Labeouf swingin' with the monkeys scene from Indy 4*

Disney exec: "I was wrong! You've got a deal!"

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is the best Indiana game I've played.

xxxchris
xxxchris

This'll probably end up on South Park. 

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Incoming Indiana Jones FPS from EA.

xand3rro
xand3rro

Disney intends to buy all the things you used to love, and then milk the shit out of em. We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Indiana Jones game exclusive rights goes to...EA. The gaming graveyard. You know it'll happen.

MrLutece
MrLutece

Immediately started scrolling through the comments to find the best pun movie names.

quakke
quakke

I want something more like Indiana Jones: and the Emperor's Tomb.

haze0986
haze0986

indiana jones died with the crystal skull, what a dumbass movie, and to cast shia labuef or however you spell it spelled doom for an already dying franchise

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Thanatos2kOr watch the movies and find out whether the series doesn't work anymore or not. I liked the fourth film, but it's lost a lot of what the previous movies had. With big budgets and whatnot, Indy is far from indie anymore :P.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@tonytones21 The comics themselves have been garbage for a long time.  Stan Lee must be spinning in his grave LOL. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hadlee73 Lol, I love how people focus their hate on certain scenes (even aping others favorite hate scenes) and go bananas about how the movie sucked because of that scene. Such monkey business!

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@haze0986 I fail to see how it was a dying franchise. Crystal Skull sucked yes but it hardly spelled doom.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If you liked the 4th movie you need to get your head checked.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Hurvl @hadlee73 Yeah, saying that the movie sucked would be over the top because of just a single scene (because Indy 4 was a pretty good movie overall). However there certain isn't anything wrong with mocking a scene that a movie could have done without. I feel the same way about King Kong's dinosaur stampede.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Harrison Ford is too old.  QED.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@CaveManCobb @haze0986 Dr Jones is an old man who can never be replaced no matter what anyone says a reboot is doomed to fail because Ford is Jones. thats like having someone else play Rambo

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Thanatos2k You mean, I need to get my Crystal Skull checked :P? Oh, the 4th Indy movie is far from the worst movie that I've liked, but I'll spare you any further details so that you don't become too upset.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Rayzakk@Deadlysyns87@tonytones21 If someone doesn't understand a joke, it means it wasn't a very good joke.  Humor isn't quantum mechanics, intelligence or studying has nothing to do with understanding it.


I doubt they'll make another Indy movie soon. While Star Wars and Indy has different fans, it doesn't make sense to market two iconic franchises at the same time. 

merimack
merimack

@elegantspock @merimack nice. I go to orlando every few years for universal and disney. I live in Atlanta so it's not too awful of a drive.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

And look what happened - it didn't work.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@snxx when was the last Star Trek movie with original Spock and Kirk i like the new movies but Spock will always be Leonard to me. Ford just played Indy not that long ago so its not as easy 

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

@snxx hmmm.... nicely said... the new spock is great! kirk also... actually, i think he's better than the original...

snxx
snxx

The same was said about Star Trek's Spock.