Jason Weaver Turned Down $2M Check for 'Lion King' to Negotiate Royalties

Lawrence Kim
October 10, 2019

Former child star Jason Weaver revealed why he turned down a $1.9M paycheck from Disney in favor of earning $100K and royalties for his work in The Lion King back in 1994. "You gotta remember, they're coming off of Beauty and the Beast". I think at that time they had put out Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalog from when Walt Disney was alive.

Since the film's release in 1994, Weaver has earned more than $1.9 million in royalties. After all, Disney were coming off the back of "Aladdin" and were re-releasing the likes of "Snow White" and "Cinderella".

Additionally, Weaver's mother understood that Disney wasn't exactly hurting for money.

"That amount of money, to the average middle-class family in Chicago in the early '90s, I mean, that's something", Weaver said.

"This was definitely at a time when Disney wasn't doing those kind of deals, unless you were, like, Peabo Bryson or somebody like that, like already an established, huge pop star that they had recruited", Weaver said. They knew, and forecasted, that they were gonna make a s**t ton of money. "Is he going to be able to get a cheqe for this when they eventually re-release this?'" he explained. This year, the film franchise again gained popularity among its fans, well, all credit goes to Donald Grover and Beyonce for lending their voices.

Weaver will even be ready to pass on royalties to his family, meaning an earnings is guaranteed for about a years to shut.

To some it might seem like the wrong move, but Weaver fully recognizes and appreciates the decision his mother made on his behalf. When I got my first royalty check, me and my mom thought it was a mistake'.

It was Jason's professional singer mother Marilyn "Kitty" Haywood, who had the foresight and business savvy to "play the long game" in negotiations with the studio.

Therefore, Jason Weaver made enough off royalties to compensate for that initial check and he continues to eat off his iconic role.

Weaver continued: 'Honestly, that residual income that I generate, man that s*** is so helpful! Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle's newsletter.

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