Disney may have picked up the rights to Indiana Jones, but the famous whip toting archaeologist may be a few years away from returning to the big screen.
Disney Chairman Alan Horn spoke at Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and confirmed that it will be at least two to three years before we see another Indiana Jones movie. Horn confirmed that Disney has not yet made any forward motion in developing an Indy 5, and that the key thing they are waiting for is just an idea. “We don’t have a story,” Horn said. “We need a story.”
Disney has technically owned a piece of the Indiana Jones franchise ever since they purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion last year, but only completed negotiations for the full future rights last week.
Before this deal was made Disney had no plans on doing anything with the Indiana Jones character, hence the lack of development for a new feature. “It didn’t make sense to produce the movie at Disney and then have it be distributed and marketed by Paramount,” Horn said.
The 2016 release calendar is peppered with titles including Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Universal’s The Mummy reboot, James Bobin’s Alice in Wonderland 2, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Pixar’s Finding Dory. Indiana Jones 5could be right on our doorstep very soon.