Elton John On ‘The Lion King’ Remake: “They Messed The Music Up!”
The live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’ may have impressed the masses and gone on to become one of the most successful movies of all-time, but one person who isn’t impressed is Elton John.
An integral component of the original (and subsequent stage show), the legend was tapped to contribute to the soundtrack for the 2019 incarnation.
Yet, in a new interview, he reveals that he was far from happy with the end-product.
See what the outspoken star had to say below…
Speaking with GQ, he said of Jon Favreau film:
“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 soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success. 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. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”