Motley Crue's The Dirt is considered the standard when it comes to rock and roll autobiographies. Personally, I have yet to get through the entire thing, a fact that I have been ashamed of for quite a while. Well, I better hurry up before the movie gets made.
Over the weekend, Jackass director Jeff Tremaine was attached to direct the movie.
This would be the first full-on narrative film Tremaine would direct. He just recently released Bad Grandpa, which did have some narrative, but it was mostly an excuse to get to the next gag.
Tremaine thinks he's more than qualified for the role as he noticed similarities between the Crue and the Jackass guys, telling Deadline:
“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.”
Doing this movie is something Tremaine has had his eyes on for over a decade, ever since MTV optioned the film in 2001:
“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 firstJackass 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.”
I am definitely intrigued for a multitude of reasons. I want to see if Tremaine can pull it off. I want to see if a legendary book can really be adapted into an entertaining film and ultimately, I love a good rock and roll story as much as the next guy.
How do you feel about this film being made? Would you go see it?