– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Whenever Disney makes one of these live-action adaptations of their original animated counterparts, we can’t help but wonder how much of the film will be transliterated from it. In Beauty and the Beast, it was a good majority — with slight changes and additions made to fit the live-action form, and to create a more cohesive mythology. This included all of the original songs, plus a few more.

With The Jungle Book, they used the spine of the story as a jumping off point, and used only two of the original songs from the animated film. Pretty much everything else was reinterpreted to help create a more uniquely engaging experience.

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What about The Lion King? This is arguably one of Disney’s greatest animated films, with a handful of memorable songs. So how much will they be pulling from that classic? While we can’t speak to the story just yet, speaking with The Sun, Sir Elton John revealed the songs they’d be using in 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 Beyonce’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something.”

So does this mean those will be the only four musical numbers? It seems likely, as John only discussed creating a new closing song. Had he needed to work on any other musical numbers, it’s likely he would have said something.

What do you think of these four choices? Do you think these are the right ones to pull, and how much will you miss “Be Prepared”? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.