Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King confirms songs for its soundtrack, and Elton John is back
Sir Elton John hopes to work with Beyoncé on a new track and he says the film is nothing short of spectacular
After announcing a series of live-action remakes of all their classic animated films, Disney has slotted 2019 to be the year they release a live-action remake of The Lion King.
The film is being directed by John Favreau, who also directed Iron Man and 2016's The Jungle Book. The cast includes Beyoncé voicing Nala, Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and John Oliver as Zazu. James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa.
Now, further details behind the movie have come out. Sir Elton John is going to be joining forces with three-time Oscar winner Sir Tim Rice and will be producing the movie's songs. Speaking to The Sun, Sir Elton John said that the new movie will be featuring four tracks from the original movie. It includes Circle of Life, I just Can't Wait to Be King, Hakuna Matata and the Oscar-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight?. However, Scar's battle song Be Prepared is apparently getting the boot.
John also said that there's a new ending credit number that he and Tim Rice are hoping to work with Beyoncé on. “And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyoncé’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something," he said.
Sir Elton seems to be excited about the film. Sir Elton revealed that the first few minutes of the movie were exclusively previewed, and he said that it was nothing short of spectacular. “I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing. Jo, he did an amazing job on The Jungle Book. The film is going to be amazing"
The Lion King is being written by Jeff Nathanson and Irene Mecchi. It is scheduled to release in the US on July 19, 2019.
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