The Walt Disney Company has purchased the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. Paramount Pictures retains distribution rights for the first four movies, and the company will be included in any future installments.
According to sources there are no plans for a fifth Indiana Jones film, but that doesn’t mean plans won’t arise in the coming months. In fact, George Lucas had already come up with an idea for another film in the franchise, but no script was ever written.
It has yet to be revealed how much Disney spent on the franchise, or if Disney plans to expand the Indiana Jones attractions at the Disney Parks. We’ll keep you posted!
Uh oh. Looks like Jerry Bruckheimer will be moving on to work with other movie studios. The Walt Disney Company will not be renewing their first-look deal with Jerry when it expires in 2014.
While many fans are not shocked by the news considering the low box office numbers for Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “The Lone Ranger,” they are disappointed since Disney and Jerry had a lot of successful movies since their partnership started in the ’90s – including the “Pirates Of The Caribbean” franchise.
Before his contract with Disney runs out Jerry will be lending a hand with the “Pirates Of The Caribbean 5” film as well as a “National Treasure 3.”
Disney has worked with Jerry on the following projects in the past:
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
“Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time”
Here’s a note from Alan Horn, the chairman of the Walt Disney Studios:
Jerry is one of the most respected and prolific producers working in the motion picture industry, and we have had an incredibly successful collaboration over the past two decades and he is a friend to many of us here at Disney. We will continue to work together in the future, and we look forward to seeing more of the films that have made Jerry Bruckheimer a Hollywood legend.
I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration and support I have had at the Walt Disney Company for over twenty years and the 27 movies we have made together. The good news is we will continue working together on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘National Treasure’ and other projects we have developed together at the studio. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing people at The Walt Disney Studios, many of whom have become my good friends. As we continue to make adventure films, we look forward to returning to films like ‘Black Hawk Down,’ ‘Enemy of the State,’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’ and ‘The Rock.’
Jerry also has a number of film projects in the works with other studios.
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