While technically Disney has owned Indiana Jones as a general property (it was a part of the Lucasfilm deal) since last year, they haven’t had the ability to make any new films, as the rights for future films was still controlled by Paramount. So it’s not all too surprising to hear that Disney has at long last bought those rights in order for them to make more films based on the Indy brand. it’s a huge franchise, and one that can still be lucrative…which is why Paramount is still part of the deal. According to Variety:
Paramount will continue to generate revenue through the distribution of the first four pics in the series. Studio will also earn a fee from the release of new Indy titles, the way it collected considerable coin from “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” even through Disney released those movies.
While no new film has been announced as of yet, I wouldn’t expect Disney to be sitting on it for too long. Indiana Jones 5 has been talked about for a few years now, with George Lucas and Spielberg supposedly working on a script and ideas. Not too long ago, a rumor came out that as part of his deal to return for Star Wars Episode VII, Harrison Ford wanted some sort of assurance for Indiana Jones. With the deal now formally announced, this could give some credit to that earlier rumor.
Either way, if you’re a fan of the rogue archeologist, you’re in luck!