Disney secures rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films

Reuters

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has gainedmarketing and distribution rights for any future "Indiana Jones"films under an agreement with Paramount Pictures, the studiothat released the first four movies in the blockbusterfranchise.

Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, will retaindistribution rights to the original four films, the companiessaid in a statement on Friday. The "Indiana Jones" movies wereproduced by Lucasfilm, which Disney acquired in 2012.

Disney has not announced plans for a fifth "Indiana Jones"movie, though the new deal could make it easier to move forwardon a new installment. Paramount will receive an undisclosedshare of the proceeds from any future films.

The series began with 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark"starring Harrison Ford as a hero archeologist. Ford starred inthree later films, most recently "Indiana Jones and the Kingdomof the Crystal Skull" in 2008. Steven Spielberg directed each ofthe four movies, which have grossed $1.9 billion worldwide,according to Box Office Mojo.

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