Why the Disney deal may kill the last shot at a new Indiana Jones

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Industry execs and fans alike are still buzzing about Disney's latest acquisition—Lucasfilm. It's already been confirmed that another Star Wars is heading our way (in 2015), but what about George Lucas' other million-dollar baby? What about Indiana Jones?

Shortly after the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, there was talk of another sequel. But four years have passed and there's been no movement. Lucas and Steven Spielberg barely mention it anymore, and we all know how Shia LaBeouf really felt about it. Plus, Harrison Ford's 70 years old. Don't get us wrong, he's a great-looking 70, but still 70.

We also have to examine the legal side of things. Disney may own Lucasfilm, but Paramount holds Indiana Jones' distribution rights (future theatrical and previous DVD/Blu-ray releases). Disney chief Bob Igar says the franchise has "some encumbrances" when it comes to monetizing. To be fair, Paramount has a similar stake in several Marvel films, and that hasn't stopped them from rolling in the dough.

Back in July, producer Frank Marshall expressed doubts regarding a new film. "I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah. I know that, yes, we talk about it, but there's no idea, there's no MacGuffin... Yeah, [George Lucas] isn't [hungry to do another Indiana Jones]. And he's obviously passing the baton to my wife, so."

Also, Spielberg has found other projects to occupy his time. How long have we been waiting for Robopocalypse? He probably wants to focus on getting that off the ground. Right now, Disney only has eyes on Star Wars: Episode VII. They'll probably wait and see how that plays out before shifting to Jones, if they do at all.

Of course, Indy remains a big name, so what's to stop Disney from rebooting or making a spinoff down the line? But, just looking at the variables, the odds are getting longer and longer for a true sequel.

Should Disney push for another Indy adventure?

(via EW)

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