Shia LaBeouf’s next film endeavor is reportedly inspired by Kevin Abstract’s life story. According to The Playlist, Minor Modifications will center around the life and rise of the BROCKHAMPTON rapper.
“Based on the life of rapper Kevin Abstract, this biographical fiction follows a Texas teen as he struggles with identity, finding meaningful relationships, sexual fluidity and his direction in life,” the film’s description reads on The Black List, where LaBeouf’s final script first appeared.
The actor-turned-screenwriter, who penned his 2019 autobiographical Honey Boy, first struck up a friendship with Kevin during their Friday group therapy sessions.
“Every Friday at my house, we do this thing called Friday therapy,” the rapper previously explained to GQ. “I invite a bunch of artists from L.A. and we sit in my kitchen. It could be 40 people. One by one, we go in a circle and say what our week looked like. It’s taught me a lot.”
Acting as more than just a participant, Kevin added that Shia regularly led the sessions.
“It’s a little bit of a party, but also like forced connection,” Shia said of the sessions during an interview with 3rd & Fairfield’s Writers Guild of America West podcast. “Everybody gets like 10 minutes to sort of unveil themselves... It’s a way for me to have 60 friends, who all get to share things with each other, and respect each other and give each other space to be heard, and it allows me to get closer to [Kevin] without being like a stalker or a writer.”
“Me and [Kevin] have gotten very close over the years and I’ve been writing his 12-year-old story [starting] at right around when he was 17,” Shia said of the film. “We’ve been looking at this chapter of his life.”