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Indiana Jones and the Lawsuit of Lucasfilm

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) has fallen short of expectations. The newest installment of the Indiana Jones film series, directed by James Mangold and starring Harrison Ford as the titular character, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena Shaw, and Mads Mikkelsen as JĂĽrgen Voller, is one of the most expensive movies ever made. But the Walt Disney World Company and Lucasfilm hoped the fifth Indiana Jones film would pay off.

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Indiana Jones and The Box Office of Doom

However, the performance of Indiana Jones 5 at the box office has been lukewarm at best. In addition to receiving a poor response at its Cannes Film Festival premiere, it has failed to make much in theaters and may go down as one of the biggest flops of 2023.

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But despite the disappointing ticket sales, the Indiana Jones franchise may have bigger problems than a floundering box office.

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Lucasfilm Lawsuit

There is currently a lawsuit regarding props used by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) and marketed by Lucasfilm.

In the lawsuit, Frost River, an American clothing company, claims that the Indiana Jones film featured their trademarked “Geologist Pack.” In fact, it is used by Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones. At the same time, Lucasfilm had teamed up with the clothing company’s competitor (Filson) to promote a series of backpacks and other outdoor products. Frost River also claims that Disney/Lucasfilm removed all identifying marks on the bag in the movie, violating federal trademark law.

Frost River also claims that Lucasfilm and Filson teamed up to produce ads featuring the trademarked “Geologist Pack” and advertising it as a Filson product.

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In other words, Disney/Lucasfilm is accused of showing a branded bag in the film, removing its trademarks, and then working with a third party retailer to sell a different bag, implying (intentionally or not) that the two items were the same.

Frost River Geologist pack from website on left, scene from movie on right.

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Devin McRae, a lawyer of Frost River, made the following statement:

“Lucasfilm and Filson produced a 60-second commercial prominently featuring video clips from the Indiana Jones 5 film intertwined with video clips of actors using Filson’s own products. Shockingly, one of the intertwined video clips was one from Indiana Jones 5 featuring Frost River’s Geologist Pack.”

This is not the first, and probably won’t be the last time, that a film studio has a lawsuit regarding trademarked props. However, it puts another thorn in the side of Disney – or nail in the coffin of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023).

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)