Elton John, Beyoncé May Make New Music For ‘The Lion King’
Elton John says he and Beyoncé may be joining forces in the studio to make music for the live-action version of Disney’s The Lion King.
While gearing up for his final 300-show world tour, the “Rocket Man” is preparing to revive his classic hits from the original animated feature, and is in talks to collaborate with Beyoncé for the film’s end credits and soundtrack.
“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’” John told The Sun. “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.
“That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see.”
John and songwriter Tim Rice previously won the Oscar for Best Song for the 1994 movie.
Disney confirmed last November that a live-action version of the classic animated film was in the works and announced that Beyoncé will provide the voice of Nola, Simba’s first love.
A star-studded cast is slotted for other major roles in the upcoming film, including Donald Glover as the voice of Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, as well as Alfre Woodard, John Oliver and Canada's Seth Rogan.
“I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing. Jon Favreau is directing it, he did an amazing job on The Jungle Book. The film is going to be amazing,” John added.
The Lion King is scheduled to hit theatres on July 19, 2019.