Disney has seen a lot of success in the live-action adaptations of animated movies especially with Beauty and the Beast which became the second-highest grossing movie of 2017. Musician, Elton John has now teamed with Tim Rice for the original soundtrack of The Lion King. Although they are reuniting for the live-action movie which is set to release in 2019, they will use only four songs from this movie.
John had recently confirmed this news, but he had added that he and Rice would work on a whole new song for Beyoncé which will be in the movie’s closing credits.
“They need to have a new end credits song,” John had said.
“There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ ‘Hakuna Matata,’ ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,’ and ‘Circle of Life’. And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyoncé’s people and hopefully Tim and I and she can cook up something. That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see.”
While they will include four songs which many have committed to memory, the lack of “Be Prepared” may be bad news for a few fans.
This song was originally sung by Jeremy Irons as The Lion King’s Scar and was as popular as the other four songs. But it is a cult favorite among Disney’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (The Little Mermaid) or “Gaston” from (Beauty and the Beast).
There is one omission though it is not as glaring, as “The Morning Report” by Jeff Bennett (Zazu) is also unlikely to be included. This one was not in the theatrical release in spite of being written by Rice and John with the others. Despite there being just four classics, hearing of Rice and John collaborating with Beyoncé will surely be satisfying.
While this movie is far away from being completed, John had teased that he has seen footage of this movie.
“I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing,” John said. “Jon Favreau is directing it; he did an amazing job on The Jungle Book. The film is going to be amazing.”
The Lion King will release on July 19th, 2019.