BUSINESS: Disney Acquires Indiana Jones Rights from Paramount

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Totally missed this on Friday (don’t ask, don’t tell policy in place big time on that one), but in its further attempts to acquire a monopoly over my entire childhood, Disney has acquired the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount Pictures.

Before you jump up and down wondering why the heck Paramount would give away the rights, keep in mind the deal is only for Disney to distribute and market all future Indiana Jones films; Paramount is still responsible for distribution of the first four films in the series, and will get money on all future films that are produced and released.

This seems to confirm the studio is interested in a fifth film, though Disney has not made an official statement.  One statement made by Variety was particularly interesting -

Disney also had to buy the rights from Paramount to market and release “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which earned Paramount a considerable sum in return.

It sounds like in their quest to acquire everything, Disney is willing to part with funds from its massive treasure chest to make it happen.  The only lingering question will be if all future “Paramount Mountains” will sport mouse ears.

via Variety