Elton John admits Disney’s recent live-action remake of “The Lion King” failed to live up to his expectations — because he doesn’t think the film got the music right.
Currently on a media blitz promoting his new autobiography Me, the “Rocket Man” singer shared his opinion in an interview with British GQ.
Despite composing and singing the iconic songs in the 1994 original and reworking the songs (and even writing a new one) for the 2019 version, he was less than satisfied with what he saw on screen.
“The new version of ‘The Lion King’ was a huge disappointment to me because I believe they messed the music up,” he told the magazine. “Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact.”
According to Sir Elton, the original’s “magic and joy were lost,” which he says echoes the poor chart performance of the movie’s soundtrack.
“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,” he continues. “The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”
The rock icon also takes a veiled shot at the film’s producers and director for not utilizing his talents to a higher degree.
“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,” he explains. “That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the ‘Lion King’ stage musical.”