Ever since The Beauty And The Beast live-action remake shocked everyone by not being a flaming bag of poo, everyone has been tossing around live-action remakes of Disney movies. Lin Manuel-Miranda is supposedly strapping on a scuba tank to bring The Little Mermaid to life, Will Smith signed on to be the genie in the Aladdin remake, and the White House daily press briefing gives us a glimpse as to how Pinocchio is going! But what’s that buzzing you hear coming from the Serengeti? Yup, the Beyhive is taking over Pride Rock.
Vibe reports Beyoncé is close to signing a deal to voice Nala in The Lion King. Little did we know that Grammy’s getup was really her audition tape! Homegirl doesn’t come cheap either: Disney is expected to fork over $25 million to get Bey involved. Beyoncé’s checking account must be on fire with Bank of America alerts since she might be using that cash to buy a stake in the Houston Rockets.
A Beyhive Twitter account reports the movie deal hinges on Beyoncé getting control over the soundtrack. Her last foray into film partnerships was on the first 50 Shades of Shit Grey, and that really just entailed a snooze-y version of “Crazy In Love.” Can’t wait to see Timon and Pumbaa gay it up to “Single Ladies” while pissing off half of Alabama! Actually, the deal is said to include Bey working on fan favorites from the original version, as well as African-inspired tunes and tribal recordings. I really hope this deal includes employment for the entire Haus of Knowles-Carter. Miss Tina can bring back House of Deréon to outfit Rafiki! Solange can recreate the elevator ambush in the form of the wildebeest stampede! Kelly Rowland can be Zazu! And Michelle Williams can be… eh, she can wait for the remake of The Lion King 1 ½ . Poor Michelle!