With 4 songs from the original, Jon Favreau’s Lion King remake is guaranteed to have a great soundtrack. But that’s not enough for perfectionists like Elton John and Beyoncé, who are reportedly working on an original song to close out the Disney film.
Reports of the two musical icons heading into the recording studio have cropped up since last November, when Beyoncé was first confirmed to voice the character of Nala. But now Elton John tells The Sun that he and his fellow multi-hyphenate are collaborating with legendary lyricist Tim Rice on a new end credits song for the film.
“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 her can cook up something,” John said.
The Lion King remake is set for a 2019 release and has a cast including Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and the original Mufasa, James Earl Jones, as well as the aforementioned Beyoncé.