A Motley Crue biopic titled The Dirt is currently in the works at Focus Features. The movie is based on the bestselling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, by bandmates Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx, with help from author Neil Strauss. It candidly tells the story of the iconic 80s heavy metal band’s rise to the top, as well as their wildly decadent lifestyle and troubles with the law.
Billboard reports that “Focus is promising a Dr. Feelgood movie that will be an outrageous, larger-than-life depiction of the band’s high (and low) life.”
Directing the picture is Jeff Tremaine, best known for the Jackass franchise. Tremaine’s last film, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, was a huge hit, grossing more than $102 million domestically. The screenplay was written by Rich Wilkes of the action film series XXX and Tom Kapinos (Californication). The four members of Motley Crue are co-producing the movie along with manager Allen Kovac.
The project, which was previously at Paramount and has been in development for a long time, was eyed by high-profile directors David Fincher and Larry Charles. Now, with Focus Features picking up the property, it looks like things are finally beginning to move forward.