Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine has signed on to direct the Mötley Crüe biopic entitled Dirt. The project is an adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Here's what the director had to say about the book and how long he has wanted to make this adaptation.
"I've been careful to make this a natural progression. 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.
We were deep into doing Jackass on TV and about to start doing Jackass: The Movie and we were all passing the book around and going, holy shit. We thought we were being crazy on the road. You read about these guys and it was like 10 times worse, though I think we'd done stuff that stands up to anybody else. I connected with that book on so many levels. From a band of brothers that gets ripped apart and then pulls back together, or being part of a group that is expected to behave badly, and what happens to you when that becomes your expectation.
What happens when everybody encourages you and gives you money to be the worst behaved you can be? You can do no wrong, and the worse you do, the more you're celebrated. It is a story that is somehow familiar to me."
The film charts the band's journey from performing at clubs on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood to their ascent as internationally-renowned rock stars. The project has been in development for years at Paramount, with Larry Charles once attached to direct from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes. The film is now being set up as an independent feature, with Californication creator Tom Kapinos polishing the screenplay and Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn producing for LBI Entertainment. The band has retained all the rights to their songs, which will allow the movie to use their music. Casting is currently under way, with production scheduled to begin early next year.