Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, will retain distribution
rights to the original four films, the companies said in a
statement on Friday. The "Indiana Jones" movies were produced 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 forward
on a new installment. Paramount will receive an undisclosed
share 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 in
three later films, most recently "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal Skull" in 2008. Steven Spielberg directed each of
the four movies, which have grossed $1.9 billion worldwide,
according to Box Office Mojo.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine;
editing by Ronald Grover, Richard Chang and Tim Dobbyn)
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