“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,” said John.
While discussing his distaste for the new soundtrack, Elton went on to say that he would have liked to been more a part of the process, but it seems Disney felt differently.
“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,” said John.
He continued: “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 soundtrack for the new film included all of the original songs from the 1994 animated version that were originally written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Only this time around, the performances of the songs were by the new film’s cast, including Beyonce, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen.
Upon release in the U.S. earlier this year, the film became a massive success for Disney. At the worldwide box-office, the film went on to gross over $1.6 billion. Since its release, the film has gone on to surpass “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated film ever and has become the second highest-grossing film of 2019 and seventh-highest of all-time.
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Source: British GQ