The streaming service Disney+ — home to such illustrious talents as the Kardashians, the D’Amelios and Marvel’s Avengers — are preparing for another famous clan to join their ranks, as BTS announce two new documentaries for 2023.
In a teaser that dropped this week, the K-Pop supergroup, consisting of J-Hope, RM, Jimin, Jin, Suga, V and Jungkook, invited us into their world for documentary number one, BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star. The band have said that the multi-part series will showcase “stories of our growth and of our music from our debut to today”.
Although BTS have already released four concert films since 2018, Beyond the Star is set to be the most comprehensive to date, with unparalleled access to the daily lives of each member since their stratospheric rise to fame.
There’s no official release date as of yet, however the trailer below sees group leader RM divulge that the doc will chronicle “the stories of our Blood, Sweat and Tears”. Sounds intense!!!
Documentary number two will follow the solo exploits of J-Hope in the run up to his debut project Jack in the Box, which dropped this July. With a title and release date yet to be announced, the stand-alone documentary film will feature behind the scenes footage of the album’s life journey, from recording process to listening party.
Alongside this, the documentary will also include footage of the BTS dance captain’s headline slot at Lollapalooza 2022 in Chicago, where he made history as the first South Korean artist to headline a major US music festival.
The band’s inclusion in the Disney+ roster alongside a bevvy of superheroes makes perfect sense — the K-Pop megastars often use their enormous platform for good, this past summer joining President Joe Biden at the White House to speak out against anti-Asian hate.
It does seem as though the 2023 release of these projects has been strategically orchestrated, with the recent announcement that all seven members are due to undertake a mandatory 18 month military service stint in South Korea, ending a lengthy international debate over whether they would be granted exemption. The two upcoming documentaries will doubtless be a necessary stopgap for the expected dearth of BTS content.