Elton John Was ‘Disappointed’ By Lion King Remake

Elton John is as important to The Lion King as Timon and Pumbaa and sobbing at Mufasa’s death.

No, we’re still not over it.

Elton John and The Lion King
Elton was not happy (Picture: Stefano Dalle Luche/AGF/REX)

So it’s a bit disappointing to hear that Sir Elton thought The Lion King remake was… well, disappointing.

The 72-year-old was the composer behind the soundtrack for the original 1994 Disney animation, penning classic songs such as Circle Of Life, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

And although Elton came back on board for the 2019 remake to rework some of the soundtrack, he was not impressed by the finished product.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/REX (10238449dn) Sir Elton John 'Rocketman' photocall, 72nd Cannes Film Festival, France - 16 May 2019
Elton composed the original soundtrack (Picture: Matt Baron/REX )

Speaking to GQ, the Rocketman legend said: ‘The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact.

‘The magic and joy were lost.’

The Lion King remake featured new tracks by Beyonce including Spirit and Never Too Late, while the film also inspired a soundtrack curated by Queen Bey – who voiced Nala – called The Lion King: The Gift, featuring appearances from Donald Glover (Simba), Pharrell Williams and Wizkid.

This image released by Disney shows, from left, young Simba, voiced by JD McCrary, young Nala, voiced by Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Zazu, voiced by John Oliver, in a scene from "The Lion King." (Disney via AP)
The film received mixed reviews (Picture: Disney via AP)

Elton also lamented that the new soundtrack ‘fell out of the charts’, not having the success of the original soundtrack.

He said: ‘I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad.’

The new Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, was a photorealistic live action remake of the original, with Donald Glover, Beyonce,. Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofar, Billy Eichner and John Oliver lending their voices.

While the film received mixed reviews, it was a smash at the box office, raking in over $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide.

Story sourced from – The Metro

Written by Pro Ro

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