'It was a huge disappointment!' Sir Elton John says he believes producers 'messed up' the Lion King remake and wishes he'd been more involved

Sir Elton John has revealed how 'disappointed' he was with the Lion King remake and claimed that he thinks the creators behind it 'messed up' the music.

The pop icon, 72, who penned the original soundtrack to the 1994 hit, said he felt there was a lack of respect from the team and wishes he'd been more involved.

He told GQ: '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. 

Candid: Sir Elton John has revealed how 'disappointed' he was with the Lion King remake and claimed that he thinks the creators behind it 'messed up' the music

Candid: Sir Elton John has revealed how 'disappointed' he was with the Lion King remake and claimed that he thinks the creators behind it 'messed up' the music

'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.'

He added that although he feels sad about the reenvisioned version, he has happy that the stage production has stuck to his original soundtrack.

Upset: The pop icon, 72, who penned the original soundtrack to the 1994 hit, said he felt there was a lack of respect from the team and wishes he'd been more involved

Upset: The pop icon, 72, who penned the original soundtrack to the 1994 hit, said he felt there was a lack of respect from the team and wishes he'd been more involved

He told GQ : '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'

He told GQ : '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'

Elton's Can You Feel The Love Tonight in the original 1994 film was wildly successful, and he still performs it at some of his concerts.

But while the iconic song was remade by Beyonce and Donald Glover, Elton recorded a brand new song for the soundtrack titled Never Too Late.

In the live-action movie, Donald Glover voices the lead role of Simba, and fans hear both Donald and Beyoncé sing the classic song Can You Feel The Love Tonight, as well as a series of other tracks. 

Elton said: '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'

Elton said: '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'

In the movie, a young Simba is forced out of the Pride Lands after the death of his father, Mufasa, who was killed at the hands of his own brother, Scar.

Simba flees into the jungle and eventually, reunites with his childhood friend Nala, who urges him to return to Pride Lands in order to reclaim his rightful throne.

The original Disney film was released in 1994, and starred Matthew Broderick as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Moira Kelly as Nala.

Premiere: Elton and his husband David Furnish attended The Lion King European Premiere at Leicester Square in July earlier this year

Premiere: Elton and his husband David Furnish attended The Lion King European Premiere at Leicester Square in July earlier this year

Timon is voiced by Billy Eichner and Pumbaa by Seth Rogen; Beyonce voiced Nala, Simba's best friend. Donald Glover is the voice of Simba, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and John Kani as Rafiki.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Simba's father Mufasa in the original 1994 animated film, returns as the voice of him in the remake. The 2019 film was directed by Jon Favreau. 

Critics were somewhat divided on the film, with many heaping it with praise and many claiming to have found it disappointing and somewhat drab.

Review curator Rotten Tomatoes list the film with a just-above-average 58 percent, reflecting the consensus that, while it's visually beautiful, there is only so much emotion the audience can feel towards CGI animals. 

That's better! He added that although he feels sad about the reenvisioned version, he has happy that the stage production has stuck to his original soundtrack

That's better! He added that although he feels sad about the reenvisioned version, he has happy that the stage production has stuck to his original soundtrack

Sir Elton John says producers 'messed up' 2019 Lion King remake

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