Sunday, April 21, 2024

SPOILER ALERT Disney Asks Reviewers and Press Not to Reveal Story Points from “The Lion King” 25 Years After Animated Film, 22 Years on Broadway


Maybe you’ve heard of Simba. Mufasa, or Rafiki. Or what happens to them in Africa.

They are the characters from “The Lion King,” which was released in 1994. Three years later, the Broadway musical opened. It’s still running, 27 years later.

There have been lots of spin offs, as well.

Still, Disney does not want us to reveal any spoilers from the coming live action film, which is said to be a scene-by-scene remake of the original.

Here’s a warning that came with my screening invitation: In order to give audiences around the world the opportunity to enjoy our movies to the fullest and allow them to discover any surprises and plot twists, we respectfully ask that you as press refrain from revealing spoilers and detailed story points in your coverage, including on social media.

I laughed out loud. What next? Pinocchio? Sleeping Beauty?

Spoiler madness– or anti-spoiler madness– has reached heights of craziness. Is 25 years too soon to reveal the fates of the characters?

Simba, I am your father. So is Darth Vader, babe.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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