Is ‘Indiana Jones 5’ in Development to Secure Harrison Ford for ‘Star Wars 7’?

Did the actor just sign a multi-picture ‘Star Wars’ deal? An outline for ‘Indiana Jones 5’ is to be developed by the end of 2014 with the film in theaters by 2016.

Disney is developing Indiana Jones 5 as a part of Harrison Ford's Star Wars: Episode VII deal
Disney is developing Indiana Jones 5 as a part of Harrison Ford's Star Wars: Episode VII deal
It has been long believed that Harrison Ford is returning as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, despite any official word from the actor himself or LucasFilm. The latest unconfirmed report sheds some new light on the negotiation process, as it seems the actor has talked Disney into developing Indiana Jones 5, which he used as a bargaining chip for him to return for Star Wars: Episode VII.

While, of course, this hasn't been confirmed by LucasFilm yet, it does make sense since the actor was very adamant about wanting to return for Indiana Jones 5 in a interview earlier this month, where he also sidestepped questions about his return in Star Wars: Episode VII. Harrison Ford reportedly wanted Disney to commit to making Indiana Jones 5 as a part of his Star Wars deal, but that isn't happening quite yet. Instead, Disney agreed to develop a treatment for the next Indy sequel by the end of 2014 and, if all parties are satisfied with the story, they will move forward on production for a tentative 2016 release.

Harrison Ford also reportedly approved of his Han Solo character arc that stretches beyond Star Wars: Episode VII, which lead to the actor agreeing to a multi-picture deal. It isn't known how many films his deal is for, or if it includes Star Wars: Episode VIII, Star Wars: Episode IX or the proposed Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off.

One big hurdle that remains in place for Disney developing Indiana Jones 5 is that Paramount Pictures owns the rights to that franchise, and Disney rarely co-produces their movies with other studios. However, according to a Disney Parks employee, the studio is actively pursuing the franchise. Here's what he had to say, when asked if any changes may be made to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

"No changes are being made to it right now because Disney is trying to be active with the franchise."

After acquiring LucasFilm and Marvel Studios in recent years, one might think it wouldn't be too hard to pick up the Indiana Jones rights, although Paramount reportedly has no plans to let the franchise go at this time.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. AshesFend

    "However, according to a Disney Parks employee..."

    I'm sure those kids dressed up as Goofy and Pluto know what's up.

    1 year agoby @ashesfendFlag

  2. Nomillrumor

    1 - enough with the hit bait posts.
    2 - stop posting other artists artwork in your articles without proper credit.

    1 year agoby @nomillrumorFlag

  3. CoreyB

    @john-m I dunno I would argue dead mans chest was a good movie very strong sequel just as fun assistant the first... Critics gave it some good reviews but mostly split downt the middle . World end and stranger tides (tho like you I do enjoy stranger tides for selfish reasons haha) we're pretty much bashed by critics. Dead mans chest in 06 was enormous! Audiences liked it a lot for the most part. And back to The Matrix movies... revolutions was good IMO but just very complicated and confusing for people who weren't die hard following the plot of first 2 etc... The first two were much better but revolutions still was pretty crazy and epic if you were into the first two . But this is all off topic anyway... I am at this second in DisneyWorld and I Can tell you people will not be upset at another IndianaJones movie it's still huge and mighty profitable... Each film has been received well and if Ford wants to return I say let's do it!

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  4. CoreyB

    @Fry-3000 are you seriously comparing Indiana Jones to the Saw films? Even if you're not the two don't belong in the same world let alone same sentence! Let's see... 7 Saw films = $870 million worldwide... Not bad not bad...1 Indiana Jones film (in this case Crystal Skull) = $786 million worldwide! Good comparison. Let's not even get into the fact that each saw flick got bashed by critics also. And I'm not saying the last Indy was great just that it was good and every1 thinks it's good for the most part. Fans and critics alike. It was huge in 2008. Saw and Indy not even in the same world my friend

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  5. WongFu

    @john-m being honest is one thing, knowing when to stop is another, most people know that the films that they watch are bad you don't need to point it out.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  6. John M

    @instead8909: Bite my head off for what being honest, perhaps being to honest with my self and some of the films I loved i.e. the Transformers films, the reality that studios spew out crap because people like you and me are willing to pay for it, and the reality of the horror genre, but perhaps I you are right I should move on. I've spend to much time on this topic than I should have.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  7. Fry_3000

    @CoreyB because it made lots of money doesn't make it a great film. The Saw films made a sh*t load of money, but they're crap.

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  8. WongFu

    @john-m you better stop or other people will bite your head off in more ways than one.
    Just be very careful of what you say.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  9. WongFu

    @john-m I'm a fan of Van Helsing and most of the films you listed are favorites of mine.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  10. John M

    @CoreyB: No the only Pirates film that was good was the first one. The reason why films like this make money is people like escapism and lot noisy, and who cares if there is a crappy plot, and the characters are bad. I grew up in the 1980's watching the Transformer cartoon and animated film, so when the films came out I could care less if they were great films as long as I got to see and experience my childhood again, so I shelled out a lot of money seeing the films multiple times, but even I can admit why the majority of critics and others thought the films were crap, and I sure if I looked at the films objectively or go back and review them I would be much harsher, but I don't care I want my Transformers. It is the similar for the Pirate films. People love Depp especially in Europe, and will pay to see his films no matter how bad they are with maybe the exception of The Lone Ranger.

    Another example are horror films. It almost doesn't matter how bad they are people will pay to see them, and they make a lot of money. Why do you think there have been so many Saw, Halloween, Nightmare and Freddy films. It's not that the studio thinks the films will be good. No they know as long as there is blood and guts that people will continue to pay to see their films no matter how bad they are.

    Again bad films can make money, and yes the two Pirates films were bad as was Matrix Revolutions.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  11. CoreyB

    @Fry-3000 yeah it def didn't work I mean it only got very strong reviews and made just shy of 800 million worldwide... Lucas and Spielberg must be pissed

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  12. CoreyB

    @ObiWanShinobi paid off.? Ur reaching son... What just because aliens were involved? It was better than the last crusade in many ways. Again it got a 78% on rottentomatoes far from a terrible movie and u def didn't hear from every1 that it sucked because when it was out it was hugeee in a summer w iron man and also a little movie called The Dark Knight

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  13. CoreyB

    @john-m the pirates movies are good but critics got bored of em... Fans like me that's why they make $$ and matrix 3 finished off what wAs a critical triumph with the first 2!! I also like some on that list

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  14. CoreyB

    @ObiWanShinobi yes Van Helsing was good IMO too

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  15. John M

    @ObiWanShinobi; All right I finally found someone who liked Van Helsing. As for my list below of course there are going to be some who like those films, as I said I enjoyed the Transformer films, but even I can admit that even though they made a ton of money they were critical failures that most would agree were bad films, and the same goes for the rest of the films I mentioned as they were all critical failures that made a lot of money.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  16. ObiWanShinobi

    I liked Van Helsing, it was actually good. @john-m

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  17. WongFu

    Two actors have been Indy Jones now, why not a third. Just get someone that has the same kind of looks and it needs to be between, Last Crusade and The Crystal Skull.
    I still want Harrison to return to both franchises and replace Shia, I do like him in certain films but Mudd doesn't suite him. Last I heard Shia has very little interest in Hollywood now.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  18. ed_wood

    To me, Han Solo and Indy are both characters that he could play at any age. I say do both.

    1 year agoby @ed-woodFlag

  19. ridgl

    I hope this is true. I still want another Indiana Jones movie.

    1 year agoby @ridglFlag

  20. SpideR-OnE

    Do indiana jones movie well, send Shia LaBeouf to school give chance to Indy travel again, they could make a good movie few times, when it was not appropriate technology, now write just a good scenario and not exaggerated effects. Do the fate of atlantis, or infernal machine, do adventure not pure action movie, something mistery. That make dr Jones back to roots.
    A little bit of Han Solo in SW is needed.

    1 year agoby @spider-oneFlag

  21. Fry_3000

    Just tell George " no more alien sh*t with Indiana, you tried it and didn't work"

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  22. John M

    @upsmann44: Really you can't think of one at least one bad film that made a tone of money at the box office. I can think of a tone.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    The Smurfs
    10,000 BC
    Pearl Harbor
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Though I enjoyed the Transformer films most would agree that the last two were bad films.
    The Day After Tomorrow
    Van Helsing
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Those are just a few of the films that made a lot of money, but were bad films.

    As for another Indiana Jones film, while I am a fan of the series the last film was a big disappointment, and Ford is getting up there in age, so I think it's time the series is put out to pasture for maybe a decade or two when naturally the series will be redone or continued with a different star.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  23. ObiWanShinobi

    Transformers 2 was a horrible movie & it made close to a billion. Everyone I know hated Indy 4. The movie sucked. Alot. Plus the majority of those reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes were most likely paid off. @upsmann44@CoreyB

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  24. Upsmann44

    I loved The Crystal Skull and if he wants to do another one people will see it. A bad movie doesn't make $786 million.

    1 year agoby @upsmann44Flag

  25. CoreyB

    I don't know what people are talkin bout when they say crystal skull was some sort of letdown...78% on rottentomatoes and it made $786 million dollars u maniacs! It was good get it thru ur heads... At least my opinion and Ford has been working a lot lately I love it

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  26. Sean

    @ObiWanShinobi Yeah, I don't think that after the fourth Indiana Jones movie, that a fifth Indiana Jones movie would be a good idea at all. An Indiana Jones 5 at this point would just be unnecessary.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. ObiWanShinobi

    Nobody wants to see your old ass hopping around in Indiana Jones 5. You're like 70. Just do Episode 7, say some lines, bring back that Han Solo flair and call it a day. Stop being difficult. Star Wars made you. the least you could do is return the favor.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

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