Sir Elton John Thinks the “Magic Was Lost” In Live-Action ‘The Lion King’

Sir Elton John Thinks the “Magic Was Lost” In Live-Action ‘The Lion King‘. Though a raging box-office success for Disney, many fans had mixed feelings about the live-action adaptation of the Disney Classic, The Lion King. One person in particular has been very vocal about his view on the film and shared his take on the remake with with GQ.

Can You Feel The Love Tonight” singer, Sir Elton John, is not pleased with the live-action film and did not mince words when expressing his feelings on the matter.

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


Sir Elton John Thinks the "Magic Was Lost" In Live-Action 'The Lion King'
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The whole conversation started during Elton’s exclusive interview with GQ about his career, life, and various projects from his decades of work including his new autobiography, “Me”.. You can read his full interview with British GQ by CLICKING HERE.

What are your thoughts on the live action The Lion King? Do you think Elton has a point, or is he reading too far into the remake? Did you enjoy the live-action remake, or do you want Disney to focus on new stories? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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