Elton John: The ‘Lion King’ Remake is a “Huge Disappointment”

Elton John is not happy with the new Lion King. 

The iconic singer-songwriter, who co-wrote the original film’s songs, tells British GQ that he’s disappointed with the new iteration’s music.

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me because I believe they messed the music up,” he said. “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.”

John also expressed his desire to have been more involved in the project. 

“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.”

The news Lion King hauled more than $1 billion worldwide.