As Friday nights mauling incident involving a 600-pound white tiger leaves Siegfried & Roys Roy Horn in critical condition, so too may be DreamWorks upcoming primetime CG comedy series Father of the Pride. The animated show, set to debut on NBC in the fall of 2004, has John Goodman attached to star as the patriarch of a family of white lions working in the famous Las Vegas act.
The near-fatal attack happened after Horn reportedly tapped the enormous cat on the nose with a microphone when it refused to obey a command. Partner Siegfried Fischbacher claims it is the first incident of any kind in the forty years he and Horn have been performing together. Their live show, a major draw at the MGM Mirage, has closed indefinitely and employees have been encouraged to find work elsewhere.
The crew of Father of the Pride may also be looking for work if Horn doesnt pull through. The series would have a hard time playing for laughs in the wake of such a tragic event. Even if the star fully recovers, the incident is sure to raise a lot of questions about the use of animals in entertainment.
A spokesperson for DreamWorks tells us, "Were just focusing on [Horn] getting better. No decision has been made."
Horn, 59, underwent surgery at University Medical Center and is still on the critical list after two days.