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Live-action Lion King wont have villain song Be Prepared
Be prepared for a live-action Lion King movie without Scars classic villainous anthem. - photo by Jacob Klopfenstein
PRIDE ROCK Be prepared for a live-action Lion King movie without Scars classic villainous anthem.

Elton John, who composed the original songs for the animated 1994 version, recently told British newspaper The Sun that the new movie would include just four of his songs: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Hakuna Matata, I Just Cant Wait To Be King and Circle of Life.

That list is missing Be Prepared, which features the villain Scar singing his dastardly plans to an army of hyenas.

As the hyenas march in formation behind Scar, its a truly sinister moment of the movie that invokes imagery of an authoritarian regime.

But it looks like the live-action version wont have that moment. John also told The Sun that the remake will feature a new song during the end credits. He said Beyonc might have a hand in writing that song, as well as Tim Rice, Johns co-composer for the original Lion King songs.

The remake is scheduled to be released in July 2019 and will star Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonc as Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.

It will be directed by Jon Favreau, who previously directed the 2016 live-action version of The Jungle Book, another classic Disney movie. The remake featured several beloved songs from the 1967 original, including The Bare Necessities, Trust In Me and I Wanna Be Like You.

Also among live-action Disney remakes is last years Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Its a remake of the 1991 animated original.

That movie featured many of the same songs from the original, including Gaston, Be Our Guest and the title song. Two new songs, performed near the end of the movie, also got added to the remakes soundtrack a Beast solo called Evermore and an ensemble number called The Mob Song.

Perhaps Favreau and the powers that be at Disney will reconsider dropping "Be Prepared" in order to give Ejiofors Scar his moment in the limelight.

What do you think about the decision to leave out the song?