In a move that surprises no one, Elton John recently announced that he will return to work on the soundtrack for Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King.
Joining John is Tim Rice, who also worked on the soundtrack for 1994 animated film and the Broadway musical. Unless you lived under a rock for 24 years, then you should be excited. (Holy cow, is that really how long it’s been since the original was made? I feel old.)
The inevitable passage of time aside, this is a wonderful announcement. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1995. According to John, four songs from the original film will be featured in the remake: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “Hakuna Matata”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, and “Circle of Life”.
I have to admit that I’m a little sad that Scar’s song “Be Prepared” is not in that list. Hopefully, we’ll have to wait to see the film to see a new villain song in the film.
That’s right! Rice and John are not just reworking old classics, but writing new music entirely. They’re even going to write an end credits song with the hope of enticing Beyonce into sing it. Beyonce will voice Nala in the live-action film.
Speaking to The Sun, John said, “There will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyonce’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something”.
Hopefully, that wish will come to fruition. Elton John and Beyonce working on a collaboration? It’s sure to be epic no matter what they come up with.
In fact, the entire film is going to be amazing, especially for Disney kids. Of course, non-Disney kids are in for a treat because this is one hell of a cast.
Peep the infographic that Disney released in November.
Lucky for us, John took it one step further and teased that he has seen some of the film.
“I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing,” he said. “The film is going to be amazing.”
As if we’d expect anything different. Favreau directed the live-action remake of The Jungle Book to rave reviews. He even made me like the film. I hated the animated version of it as a kid. I’d say that if he can manage to do that, then he can do anything. Granted, The Lion King is one of my favourite Disney films ever. He has a lot to live up to in my book.
The Lion King is currently slated to be released in 2019. Meanwhile, Sir Elton John is gearing up for his final farewell tour.