Elton John is known for his candidness and during a recent interview with GQ, the singer/songwriter revealed that he wasn’t particularly fond of The Lion King remake, calling it a “huge disappointment” and that it “didn’t have the same impact” as the original.
Here’s what iconic musician had to say about the live-action remake completely missing the mark.
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“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.”
Directed by Jon Favreau, and starring the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and the one and only, James Earl Jones, The Lion King remake went on to gross a whopping $1.650 billion worldwide and becoming one of the most successful movies of 2019.
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