There’s no time for sleep when you’re Queen Bey! Beyoncé will debut a new Lion King documentary about the recording of her companion album, The Gift, on Monday — and it looks spectacular. Released on the heels of Disney’s Lion King remake this July, The Gift was a concept album featuring new songs inspired by the film.
Announced on ABC’s Twitter — which changed its name to “ABeyC” over the weekend, in honor of the documentary — Making the Gift will showcase how Beyoncé recorded every track on the album, filmed its music videos, and included downtime with her daughter Blue Ivy on top of it all. The 30-second trailer promises an intimate look at Beyoncé’s process, and includes a host of special guests such as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, and, of course, Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z.
Beyoncé is legendary for keeping fans guessing, whether it’s about a new album or her family’s future. Her album Everything is Love (which she created with Jay-Z, as “The Carters”) and her Homecoming special on Netflix were both dropped with absolutely no fanfare, so this looks to be standard Beyoncé operating procedure. In fact, we’re shocked we even know anything about her latest doc at all.
The Lion King remake grossed over $1 billion worldwide in its first month this summer, and The Gift sold 54,000 copies in its first week alone. The album also gave Blue Ivy her first Billboard hit with “Brown Skin Girl,” which made it to #76 on the Top 100.
With The Lion King available in digital 4K on Oct. 11 and Blu-ray Oct. 22, it looks like Disney doesn’t want anyone to forget about it. Will Bey’s doc be included as a bonus feature on the disc? Only time will tell.
Making the Gift airs Monday at 10/9c on ABC.
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