In 2001, Motley Crue put out a biography called The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band and the world was never the same. OK, that’s not true. No one really thought very hard about it besides the four weeks it was on the New York Times bestseller list, but like some other aging rockstars such as Rolling Stones and Metallica, Motley Crue is jumping on the documentary train and turning that bio into a film.
The Dirt, considered by many to be a how-to manual for bad behavior, will be directed by a guy well-acquainted with bad behavior, Jackass director Jeff Tremaine.
“I’ve been careful to make this a natural progression,” Tremain tells Deadline via Hennemusic. “I’ve been offered a lot of scripts but Dirt is something I pursued with everything I had. I’ve wanted to make this going back to 2001, when we were just planning the first Jackass movie and I found out that David Gale at MTV Films had just optioned the book. First of all, I had no idea how to make Jackass into a movie, but I said to him, let me direct that movie, too. He said, yeah, of course! He was being sarcastic, because he had the same level of confidence in me as a director as I did at that time. Luckily for me, the movie never got made, and when this project became available, I put everything I had into chasing it and convincing everyone that I am the right guy for it. I really feel I am.”
“It’s the spirit we’ve got to get right,” Tremaine said. “It’s important to get actors who play, or who understand how to deliver the charisma it takes to be onstage. Rock stars have a swagger. Some of what they went through is funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy,” continued Tremaine. “It’s pretty dark. I think fans of what I’ve done will like this movie, but it’s not going to make you fall out of your chair laughing.”
Dirt will start filming next year.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles