When Disney bought Lucasfilms, we knew it got the rights to the Star Wars universe, but is acquiring the Indiana Jones franchise was in question. It turns out that wasn’t part of the deal, because Paramount staked a claim to the franchise and owned the rights to it.
Well, not any more.
HitFix is reporting that Disney has bought the right to all future Indiana Jones films from Paramount, a deal that has been in the works since the Lucasfilms purchase. Paramount will still own the rights to the first four films in the franchise, and will become a silent partner in any new films from here on out.
This lends credence to the rumor from October that stated Harrison Ford used the possibility of more Indiana Jones films as a requirement for him returning as Han Solo in resurrected Star Wars franchise. That contract point has become much easier to do now that Disney owns the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.
Of course, the question now is when Disney will fit the next Indy flick in on their schedule.