“I wasn’t totally thrilled with the Beauty and the Beast remake because I didn’t think it was exactly true to the mythology of the storytelling,” she said. “And I’m not happy that I don’t get to participate. Who would be?” When asked about how she feels about the new Lion King, Woolverton, who has no involvement with the film, responded, “I don’t know how The Lion King is going to be.”
Because Beast and Lion King were completely animated, they didn’t qualify Woolverton for membership in the Writers Guild of America — something she didn’t achieve until writing 1993’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. As a result, she sees no residuals from either property, nor is she granted a say in how they are re-imagined for a new generation. (Via)
The Lion King — the teaser trailer for which drew over 225 million views in its first 24 hours of release — opens on July 19, 2019.