Indiana Jones fans will have to wait at least two years for another film in the franchise.

Rumours of a new instalment were sparked earlier this month when it emerged that Disney had bought the marketing and distribution rights to all future movies about the whip-cracking archaeologist, played by Harrison Ford in the first four films.

But according to Variety, Disney has revealed it will be at least two to three years before Indy goes adventuring again.

Speaking at Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast in the US, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "We haven't done anything. We don't have a story. We need a story."

The Indiana Jones franchise started with 1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark and ended with the fourth film, 2008's The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

Harrison has previously indicated he would love to play the explorer again.

"In a New York minute, yes," the 71-year-old said on the Graham Norton show.

Harrison - who is also expected to reprise one of his other best known roles as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Trek sequel - added: "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart."