Pharrell Williams, David Furnish and Sir Elton John attend the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at the Odeon Leicester Square on 14th July 2019 in London, UK. (StillMoving for Disney)

Elton John Reflects On ‘The Lion King’: “It’s a Never Ending Success Story”

The European premiere of The Lion King took place at London’s Leicester Square, and among the talent attending the event were voice actors Beyoncé (Nala) and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa). Elton John, who won an Oscar for his work on the original film, was also on hand to talk about The Lion King’s continued success.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the European Premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

The live action remake of The Lion King reunites Tim Rice and Elton John for the new song “Never Too Late.” Meanwhile the Oscar winning track “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” was re-recorded by the film’s voice cast (Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen).

“It’s kind of spooky,” said John at the premiere. “It’s weird. It’s fantastic. I never ever dreamt that The Lion King would be so successful in the first place. Of course it’s had a life of its own. A phenomenon. This remake has given it another boost and it’s quite extraordinary how this story keeps going on and on and on.”

Click on the media bar to hear Elton John talk about the “never ending success story” of The Lion King:

The Lion King opens nationwide July 19.

Greg Srisavasdi

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