Motley Crue Biopic Taps ‘Jackass’ Director
‘Dirt,’ the big-screen version of Motley Crue‘s autobiography, just found its director. Jeff Tremaine, fresh from work on the just-released hit ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,’ will be behind the cameras starting early next year, reports Deadline.
The movie will be based on the band’s mega-popular 2001 autobiography ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,’ which chronicles the rise of the Crue during the crazy ’80s Los Angeles music scene.
According to Deadline, ‘Dirt’ will be about “big hair, big sound, big money, big brawls, scandals and debauchery, and the inevitable big problems caused by drugs, drink, and living and breathing the rock-and-roll lifestyle as the quartet rose from playing local clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars.”
Tremaine learned how to direct working with the ‘Jackass’ crew back in the ’90s. He was the running the skateboard magazine ‘Big Brother’ when ‘Jackass’ leader Johnny Knoxville approached him about filming a stunt in which he was tasered. Tremaine gave Knoxville a camera, and ‘Jackass’ took off from there, with Tremaine shooting many of the stunts that made it to the hit TV show.
As Deadline notes, the DIY similarities between Motley Crue and ‘Jackass’ make Tremaine a fitting pick to direct the movie, which sat in limbo for years with a studio that enlisted several writers and directors (at one point, ‘Fight Club”s David Fincher was supposed to be behind the camera). No cast has been announced yet, but since the band holds rights to the work — including their songs — the movie should come close to capturing the book’s raunchy spirit.
“Rock stars have a swagger,” Tremaine tells Deadline. “Some of what they went through is funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy. 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.”