Shia LaBeouf's next film may be based on the life of Kevin Abstract
The script, which appeared online overnight, "follows a Texas teen as he struggles with identity, finding meaningful relationships, sexual fluidity, and his direction in life."
One of last year's big movie moments come via 'Honey Boy', a film classed as Shia LaBeouf's comeback in the critical film world after somewhat of a turbulent few years that came before it. Despite being locked out the year-end's award ceremonies, the Sundance-premiered film was one of the big winners of the event that certainly achieved its goal in bringing LaBeouf back into the limelight (in case you haven't heard about it, the film is a biographical feature on his own life, starring himself as his father).
However, it appears that LaBeouf isn't even close to tapping out with one big return under his belt. Overnight, a new script of his popped up on screenplay website The Black List - a survey of Hollywood executives' favourite unproduced screenplays, many of which have gone on to win major awards after being discovered through the website - titled 'Minor Modifications', and as The Playlist confirms, the film is another biographical piece centred around BROCKHAMPTON ring leader Kevin Abstract, a close friend and peer of Shia LaBeouf who has helped build his comeback period and launch him back into the spotlight.
While the script is unviewable to those who don't have a membership - you can find it here, if you do - it's said that the script's abstract introduces the film as "based on the life of rapper Kevin Abstract," promising to showcase his story to the world and everything it encompasses as it "follows a Texas teen as he struggles with identity, finding meaningful relationships, sexual fluidity, and his direction in life."
Not just a good friend of Shia, Kevin Abstract is one of hip-hop's most interesting modern-era names. He doesn't just lead one of hip-hop's most cult-adored acts of the last decade, but he's also one of a very limited number of commercially successful rappers to come out as queer - making him the subject of not just a lot of headlines over the years, but also making him somewhat of an idol figure for other queer rappers who felt like their place in commercial hip-hop wasn't there.
It also continues the trend of musical figures being in the spotlight of biographical adaptations of their lives, hot off the heels of the success of both 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Rocketman' not just critically, but commercially also - they're two of the biggest music-based films in history. There's also a Taylor Swift documentary incoming on Netflix; one on Billie Eilish's rise via Apple Music; and with Shia's adaptation of Kevin Abstract's life, it looks like hip-hop isn't being left out.
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