When Disney purchased Lucasfilm a couple of years ago, two legendary properties went into the Mouse House's possession. These projects were George Lucas' two biggest money printers of all time - 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones.' Were Disney to ever use both of these valuable money makers to their full potential, they would become even more powerful than they already are, what with their Marvel Studios acquisition still paying off like gangbusters. While 'Star Wars' found its way into the light easily, it looks like 'Indiana Jones' might not be terribly far off itself.
Marc Graser, senior editor at Variety tweeted some inside knowledge that he'd scooped about reviving the in limbo franchise that brought us such high points as 'Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade' and such low points as 'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.' The tweet quoted Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, and it has him saying that basically Indy is still a going concern for the studio. However, the focus of the studio is mainly on getting the 'Star Wars' franchise into fully armed and operational status before anything else happens.
Disney's Bob Iger: "We'd love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we're pacing ourselves right now," launching Star Wars first.— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 10, 2014
It makes perfect sense to start with 'Star Wars' first, as it's been the bigger money maker and has the bigger cultural impact through its films and other properties. 'Indiana Jones' has tried to branch off into television, novels, and video games in the past itself, but while they've been successful to a limited degree, the Jones franchise doesn't have the same instant clout that 'Star Wars' has always had.
While this news that 'Indiana Jones 5' will "eventually" happen is nothing new, it's definitely far from a greenlight for a new film. After all, we've seen this project shift from dead to alive, and forthcoming, with it finally winding up in the "your guess is as good as mine" column—all over the course of two years.
It's been a rocky road towards any sort of official status for Indiana Jones 5, and if you saw 'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull,' you wouldn't blame Disney for taking some time to regroup and refocus on 'Star Wars,' the more financially fruitful franchise. With 'Star Wars' back in the theaters, and hopefully raking in some massive bank, the studio can then turn their attention to the other huge renovation project. Let's just hope that Disney knows what it's doing, and brings the magic back to both properties.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will try to raise some money for an 'Indiana Jones 5' production on December 18, 2015.