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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Disney Acquire Indiana Jones Distribution Rights

If the world's finest treasure hunter DOES return, then we now know which studio will be behind him!
Walt Disney Pictures have today announced their acquisition of the distribution rights to the Indiana Jones film franchise. Until December 6th, Paramount Pictures had owned these rights, distributing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) in cinemas and home video retailers worldwide during the course of this thirty-two year period.

For those worried that Disney will initiate a prolonged slaughter of the series through regular annual sequels, you can rest assured that the studio likely has nothing of the sort in mind. The company acquired Lucasfilm and its various IPs in October 2012, and thus it was only a matter of time until Indiana Jones came under their full control. All this means at this stage is that future Indiana Jones DVD and Blu-Ray boxsets will be distributed by Disney, and that if further Harrison Ford-starring globetrotting films are released, Disney will be their distributor too. Shia LeBeouf's irksome Spike, however, rests under Paramount's control still, so every cloud has a silver lining!

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures is available to purchase at Blu-Ray retailers now.

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