Sir Elton John says the new Lion King was a 'huge disappointment'

Elton John has declared the new Lion King reboot a "huge disappointment", claiming the soundtrack wasn't as strong as the 1994 original. 

Sir Elton, who wrote three of the hit songs from the first film, said the creative forces behind the remake "messed the music up". 

"Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact," he said in an interview with GQ.

"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." 

Composer Hans Zimmer took the musical helm of the 2019 film, creating a soundtrack that includes a song by Beyoncé and a new track from John himself. 

Still, Sir Elton says he wasn't involved as much as he would have liked. 

"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," he said. 

"That makes me extremely sad."

The 'Rocket Man' hit maker said he was happy that the "right spirit" for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.