Mötley Crüe, the hair/glam metal band that became a sensation in the 1980s with songs like “Kickstart My Heart,” “Dr. Feelgood,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” released a book in 2001 called The Dirt that recounted their excessive off-stage exploits in graphic detail. That book has been in development as a movie for years: Borat director Larry Charles once wanted to make an NC-17 adaptation, but now it’s finally been brought to life by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine.
Check out the first The Dirt trailer below, which stars Douglas Booth (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones‘ Ramsay Bolton) as Mick Mars, Colson Baker/Machine Gun Kelly (Bird Box) as Tommy Lee, and Daniel Webber (The Punisher) as Vince Neil.
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A film based on The Dirt — the tell-all story of hair metal/rock band Motley Crue as dictated by the band members — has been in development for years. We’ve heard of a few big talent attachments, but no development effort has ever amounted to much. At this point there’s a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos, about which I’ve heard quite a few people say very positive things, and the attachment of Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. And that’s how things have been, since Tremaine’s involvement was announced in late 2013.
Now there’s some forward movement, as Focus Features will back The Dirt movie. Read More »
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 »
The Motley Crüe biopic, The Dirt, is one of those long-fabled projects, complete with dream casting (Chris Walken as Ozzie!) befitting Inglorious Bastards circa 1999, that may never see the darkness of a theater. Borat and Religulous director, Larry Charles, has been attached to helm for some time and tells Coming Soon that his NC-17 vision is probably too nihilistic for Hollywood. The first sentence is a keeper…
“…Motley Crüe is a crappy band but [Neil Strauss] wrote a really epic book about them. It’s really fascinating. What’s good about it is how hardcore it is. They’ve killed people, they’ve hurt people, they’ve crippled people, they’ve done all kinds of crazy things. You’d have to show that for real and I think there was a little bit of reticence about doing that ultimately. But for me, I would do it if it could be done the proper way. If it’s going to be sanitized then they don’t need me to do it. They could find somebody else to do that.”
Bummer. We’d much rather see Strauss’ The Dirt developed into a feature than his bestseller The Game, the pick-up-chicks guide favored by every lonely grad student ever. In the meantime, Charles is currently developing a new HBO series in the vein of his Curb Your Enthusiasm for Kanye West. He says this too is facing hurdles…
“So it’s like a Kanye and ‘Curb’ show, it’s kind of improvised about the situations and stuff. It was really good, but again I think it was too hardcore for HBO. [HBO prexy] Sue Naegle has taken over and I want to show it to her and see how she responds to it.”
Larry Charles: not taking off his sunglasses.
Discuss: For those who have read it, do you agree that The Dirt would make a cool NC-17 flick? What about an uncensored Kanye West-as-Larry David half hour series?