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Jeff Tremaine, who directed the recent film Bad Grandpa, has been with the Jackass crew from the beginning. He was the magazine editor who sent a camera with journalist Johnny Knoxville to “test out” a bulletproof vest — by being shot while wearing it — and video footage of that event ultimately spawned Jackass and everything that followed.

And then you’ve got The Dirt, the oral history of Mötley Crüe, and one of the most depraved accounts of rockstar behavior in and out of print. The book has it all: total debauchery, excessive drug use leading to entire forgotten recordings (bassist Nikki Sixx doesn’t even remember making the third album) and the awful DUI-related death of one of singer Vince Neil’s closest friends, for which Neil himself is to blame.

The book has been optioned to develop as a film for years, and it’s the sort of thing that would make for a great movie, if someone was in the driver’s seat who really got it. Now Jeff Tremaine is that guy, and he seems like a perfect choice. Read More »

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