At the beginning of the month, Disney unleashed the massive cast for its upcoming remake of The Lion King, featuring none other than Beyoncé Knowles as the voice of Nala.
While this was exciting enough, we didn’t even think about the soundtrack, which will of course be updated along with the film.
New York Daily News are now reporting that Elton John is working with Beyoncé to deliver new versions of classics such as ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, and ‘Circle Of Life’.
The story quotes unnamed sources, which is always cause for alarm (and a Daily News specialty), but it does make sense for her to be involved in the creation of the soundtrack.
“The songs will be thread into the storyline,” the source told the New York Daily News. “It is unthinkable when you have Beyoncé involved not to have her sing some of those iconic hits — and that means huge sales to a new generation.
“The deal is a huge one and will earn [Elton John] millions at many stages. Obviously he will get a one off licensing deal followed by a cut in royalties from all aspects of the work.”
It’s amusing how this source assumes that the mechanics of the licensing deal will be obvious to readers.
Let’s not forget Donald Glover is playing Simba. We’d love to hear his take on a few of these tunes, too.
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) November 1, 2017