British singer Elton John, whose music was an integral part of the original Disney animated film The Lion King, has said that the recent remake was a ‘huge disappointment’.He told British 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.”
The Lion King remake, directed by Jon Favreau using cutting-edge visual effects, made over $1.6 billion worldwide, and also spawned a soundtrack that featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, and Donald Glover, reports Hindustan Times.
The singer performed classic numbers such as Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata in the original, and was on board to help adapt the songs in the remake as well. The singer was initially announced to have performed a brand new song for the film in collaboration with Beyonce, which never made it to the final cut.
The Hindi version of the film featured the voices of Shah Rukh Khan as Mufasa, and his son, Aryan, who voiced Simba. The film made over Rs 150 crore in India.