Ever since George Lucas announced retirement from Hollywood last year, he gave up the rights for his Lucasfilm company and sold it to Disney. This gives the rights for Disney to make as many Star Wars movies as they wanted; however, people wondered what’s gonna happen to the Indiana Jones franchise since it’s owned by Paramount Pictures. Now you no longer have to worry about what’s gonna happen with Indy ’cause the franchise has been bought by Disney. Paramount has agreed to sell the full rights to Disney. Which means that Disney now owns the first four Indy films: “Raiders”, “Temple of Doom”, “Crusade” and “Crystal Skull”. This also means that Disney has the full rights to do whatever they want with the character. Make as many movies as they want: sequels, prequels, reboots, etc.
This doesn’t confirm that Indy V has gotten the greenlight yet but for a long time now… Harrison Ford has expressed interest in returning to the character for one more time. My question is will Harrison still do this film without George Lucas on board? Will Steven Spielberg still direct Indy V without George?
I’m actually kind of thankful that George is no longer doing Indy ’cause that’s an opportunity for a better film. While I did like “Crystal Skull” the last Indy movie, I’ll admit that some of it was silly as hell and had some problems. It’s just that I think that movie would have been a lot better if Shia Labeouf wasn’t in it… he pretty much ruined it for me. Other than that, the film was pretty exciting. I liked the idea of mixing Indy with sci-fi — I just wished the script was better.
I don’t care what anyone thinks — Disney can make as many Indy films as they want to sequels, prequels or reboots… whatever but nothing will top “Raiders”. “Raiders” is obviously the best Indy film. I love it so much. It’s one of those movies I can watch over and over and never get tired of it. “Raiders” is indeed an essential classic and an important movie. I thought “Temple of Doom” was a pretty amazing film but my heart will always be toward “Raiders”.
Lets hope Disney won’t remake, “Raiders” ’cause that would be really bad.