By: Dianne Curray
Following BTS’ recent comeback with the song “Yet To Come” and their announcement of the group’s hiatus, Disney has revealed that they are bringing the Korean supergroup to their streaming services.
The Walt Disney Company and HYBE – the home company of BTS – announced their new global partnership that will allow the two companies to produce five titles for Disney’s streaming services, in which three of the projects are for the BTS members.
The three forthcoming titles will be a concert film, a travel reality show, and a documentary series.
The concert film entitled BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage – LA is an exclusive cinematic 4K film of BTS’ first stage of their world tour in Los Angele’s Sofi Stadium last November 2021. This means that the fans, whether they were able to physically attend or not, will get to watch BTS perform their pandemic hits and classic songs in 4K as much as they want.
The travel reality show called In the Soup: Friendcation will actually star BTS’ Taehyung (V) alongside other big names in the Korean industry such as Park Seo-Joon (Itaewon Class), Choi Woo-Shik (Parasite), Park Hyung-Sik (Strong Girl Bong-Soon), and rapper Peakboy. The show will feature the five friends going on a vacation and enjoying a variety of leisure and fun activies, and will premiere on July 22nd on South Korea’s JTBC before appearing on Disney+ two hours later.
The documentary series BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star is an original docuseries that follows the incredible journey of the 21st century pop icons BTS. “With unprecedented access to a vast library of music and footage over the past nine years, the series will feature the daily lives, thoughts and plans of BTS members, as they prepare for their second chapter,” Disney said to THR. The show will only be available on Disney’s streaming services and will premiere in 2023.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Hybe to showcase their original content created with powerful artist IP on our global streaming services including Disney+,” said Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney’s head of content for Asia Pacific.
“This collaboration represents our creative ambition — to work with iconic content creators and top stars in Asia Pacific so their talent can be enjoyed by mainstream audiences in multiple ways. We believe these new titles will captivate consumers worldwide and look forward to introducing more music content on our service” she added.
Park Ji-won, CEO of Hybe, also said that this will be the start of a long-term collaboration where they “present worldwide audiences a wide range of Hybe content” for fans who love their music and artists.
BTS previously announced in June that they will be going on hiatus after 9 years, as the group has felt that they have lost their direction and is trying to find their identity.
RM, the leader of the group, previously said that “the group has changed” and that he “didn’t know what kind of group” they were anymore.
However, as the members try to explore their solo projects at this time, they will remain active as a group in various different formats. So while the fans (ARMY) support the members’ solo endeavors, they will also be able to look forward to the forthcoming BTS shows on Disney+.
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