Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and its biggest characters is now complete. It has announced a marketing and distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures, who held the rights to release future tales of Indiana Jones. The purchase of LucasFilm gave Disney production rights, but Paramount still had the rights to distribute them. Paramount will receive financial participation on any future films and keep the distribution for the original four Indiana Jones movies.
Now there are two questions. When will the next movie in the series be, and will it feature Harrison Ford? The original whipslinger is 71 years old, so unless Disney is interested in making “Indiana Jones and the Quest For a Long Nap,” it will have to recast at some point.
The last movie, 2008′s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” hinted at passing the torch to Shia LeBeouf, but that wasn’t a popular choice with fandom. Of course, some of that is backlash from the movie itself. Among its cringeworthy moments are Indy surviving a nuclear blast by locking himself in a lead-lined refrigerator, which birthed the phrase “nuking the fridge.” These days, LeBeouf is threatening to kill guys in bar fights, which is not very Disney-friendly.
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