IndIt was reported recently that Harrison Ford only agreed to appear in the new Star Wars movies if the now Disney owned Lucasfilm moved forward on another Indiana Jones movie – however the problem has been that Paramount still owned the rights to Indy, making things more difficult.
Now the way has been cleared as Walt Disney Studios has reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise. Paramount retains its rights to the original four films in the franchise, and they’ll also get a portion of the cash from any future instalments that are produced and released.
It’s a good deal for Paramount, as they’ve already made tens of million from a similar arrangement where Disney took over the distribution of Marvel movies that Paramount was set to release, allowing them to get cash for doing absolutely nothing, but also allow Disney complete control after they bought Marvel.
There’s been no official announcement about a fifth Indy movie, but it seems very likely not Disney has the rights.