The remake of Disney's "The Lion King" may have hit it big at the box office, but did not win over Sir Elton John. Although the movie included remastered versions of his original songs and one new song from John, he wishes he had more involvement.
"I believe they messed the music up," John said. "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."
John famously composed the songs "Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Be Prepared," "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" for the original 1994 animated film. John also recorded a new song for the live-action film, "Never Too Late".
"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," John said. "That makes me extremely sad."
"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,” he said. "The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."
"I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical," he added.