Re: The Tempest, I had an idea for an animated take on The Tempest, partially based on the Dinosaur Planet episode "Pod's Travels" and starring the dwarf dinosaurs of Hateg Island.Would The Tempest work as inspiration for the Lion King ITTL? We might be able to keep Timon & Pumbaa if we could.
With kind-of-naturalistic, dinosaur-centred animated movies not being ruined by a dozen LBT sequels, most of which are fucking abysmal, the possibilities are endless.
I've got a plot outline and cast for the hypothetical Hateg Island movie if anybody wants to see it.
I've got an interesting idea for an overhaul of the Scar/hyenas relationship, that gives a bit more depth to Shenzi:Yeah, I'd rather see The Lion King be different than OTL if we must have it as part of the Disney canon. Maybe they go with something similar to the earlier story drafts and go along with that.
Basically, the hyenas aren't Scar's subservient lackeys - instead, Scar approaches them, ostensibly for an alliance. Shenzi, partly out of desperation and partly out of Scar playing on her desires for what's best for her clan, agrees... only to realise, after Mufasa's overthrown, that Scar has pretty much usurped her leadership. They aren't equal partners at all.
Their relationship is more of a "teeth-clenched teamwork" thing - the hyenas are sick of Scar's incompetent rule and Shenzi's pissed off at basically having lost all authority over her clan, but Scar's influence is the only thing keeping the lionesses from killing the hyenas and both they and Scar are very aware of that.
Once Scar's been beaten, any power he had over the hyenas is dissipated - and they just rip him to shreds. Maybe Shenzi has the clan bow to Simba at the end to save their own skins.
So, basically, it becomes TLK as told by George R.R. Martin.