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Jackass director Jeff Tremaine to take on Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt

Nov. 1, 2013by:

There are similarities between JACKASS and rock stars. Both do stupid shit in the name of celebrity and both are idolized by teenagers around the globe. While the JACKASS crew have four movies to their name, Motley Crue have none. But JACKASS director Jeff Tremaine will be changing that. The man who directed all three JACKASS movies and the newly released BAD GRANDPA will helm the adaptation of Motley Crue's memoir THE DIRT.

THE DIRT was written by band members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars and was a bestseller when it hit stores in 2001. Tremaine has no film credits aside from the JACKASS related projects, but the narrative structure to BAD GRANDPA, as loose as that may be, will lend him some help in the non-verite Crue movie.

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 Hollywoods Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars.

I envision the film having a documentary style to it which will work with the material. Seeing the rise of a band through that lens will give it a more immediate feeling. Tremaine had this to say about casting the film, which will have full access to all of the band's music.

Its the spirit weve got to get right, Tremaine said. Its important to get actors who play, or who understand how to deliver the charisma it takes to be onstage. Rock stars have a swagger. Some of what they went through is funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy. Its pretty dark. I think fans of what Ive done will like this movie, but its not going to make you fall out of your chair laughing.

THE DIRT has been in development since 2012 and this is the first headway in the project. No casting announcements have been made, but with the band on board the project as producers, expect news from Paramount soon.

Source: Deadline

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8:39PM on 11/02/2013

MOTLEY TAP or SPINAL CRUE MEETS ROCK STAR!

This just isn't going to fly and if it does, it's going to sail straight off a cliff. Motley's music is pretty cool for what it is. A fan but not a huge fan. Tales of excess and near death are all good fun but I think when they get down to trying to recreate the moments regaled by The Crue, it's going to come off cheesy. The Dirt is a good read but it's not going to translate to the big screen very well.
This just isn't going to fly and if it does, it's going to sail straight off a cliff. Motley's music is pretty cool for what it is. A fan but not a huge fan. Tales of excess and near death are all good fun but I think when they get down to trying to recreate the moments regaled by The Crue, it's going to come off cheesy. The Dirt is a good read but it's not going to translate to the big screen very well.
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3:06PM on 11/02/2013

IN CASE SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE THIS IDEA...

... because he's one of the creators of JACKASS and yuo think he can't direct serious movies, I remind you that another creator is Spike Jonze.
... because he's one of the creators of JACKASS and yuo think he can't direct serious movies, I remind you that another creator is Spike Jonze.
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12:44PM on 11/02/2013
Excellent news. I remember this being announced years ago with nothing going forward. Tremaine showed competent directing skill in Bad Grandpa. It all boils down to the script and cast. It'll be one hell of a movie!
Excellent news. I remember this being announced years ago with nothing going forward. Tremaine showed competent directing skill in Bad Grandpa. It all boils down to the script and cast. It'll be one hell of a movie!
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11:43PM on 11/01/2013

When I was a kid...

When we lived in Texas, my older brothers went to see Motley Crue live. Some chick threw her panties on the stage and Vince picked 'em up and licked them, uttering "The pussy's good in Dallas!" as the crowd went apeshit. As kids, this was our battlecry. No school? The pussy's good in Dallas!
When we lived in Texas, my older brothers went to see Motley Crue live. Some chick threw her panties on the stage and Vince picked 'em up and licked them, uttering "The pussy's good in Dallas!" as the crowd went apeshit. As kids, this was our battlecry. No school? The pussy's good in Dallas!
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11:36PM on 11/01/2013

Mock Cast:

Not even gonna attempt it... It'll be a motley crew either way.
Not even gonna attempt it... It'll be a motley crew either way.
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8:13PM on 11/01/2013

Hopefully this will bring the game if successful

Neil Strauss, who was the ghost writer on this thing, wrote a great novel back in 2005 called "The Game". Basically it is his first hand account into the world of pick up arts (picking up girls) and his transformation from nerd into don juan. On the surface it may seem shallow but it is a cautionary tale like "The Wolf of Wall Street". I have been waiting for a movie based on that book since I finished it. I would be great if done right.
Neil Strauss, who was the ghost writer on this thing, wrote a great novel back in 2005 called "The Game". Basically it is his first hand account into the world of pick up arts (picking up girls) and his transformation from nerd into don juan. On the surface it may seem shallow but it is a cautionary tale like "The Wolf of Wall Street". I have been waiting for a movie based on that book since I finished it. I would be great if done right.
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6:35PM on 11/01/2013
I feel like Jared Leto should probably be cast as one of those guys, but I can't decide who.
I feel like Jared Leto should probably be cast as one of those guys, but I can't decide who.
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12:42PM on 11/02/2013
I see him as either Tommy Lee or Nikki Sixx (though I think he'd make a better Tommy Lee)
I see him as either Tommy Lee or Nikki Sixx (though I think he'd make a better Tommy Lee)
6:30PM on 11/01/2013
Not the biggest Crue fan but I do love Jackass. Eager to see casting and wonder if they are gonna get actors with any musical talents? Does it have to be original recordings with the actors faking it? Rob Corddry for Vince!
Not the biggest Crue fan but I do love Jackass. Eager to see casting and wonder if they are gonna get actors with any musical talents? Does it have to be original recordings with the actors faking it? Rob Corddry for Vince!
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6:18PM on 11/01/2013

Jess Tremaine deserves this

Tommy Lee- Aaron Taylor Johnson
Nikki Sixx - Dave Franco
Vince Neill - Kyle Gallner
Mick Mars - Rory Culkin
Tommy Lee- Aaron Taylor Johnson
Nikki Sixx - Dave Franco
Vince Neill - Kyle Gallner
Mick Mars - Rory Culkin
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5:58PM on 11/01/2013
Shout at the Devil, Girl, Girls, Girls and Theater of Pain still great albums.
Hopefully movie stays true to the book and we get a hard R
Shout at the Devil, Girl, Girls, Girls and Theater of Pain still great albums.
Hopefully movie stays true to the book and we get a hard R
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5:51PM on 11/01/2013
Good for Jeff Tremaine. I've always liked his work and contributions to Jackass.

The casting for this should be fun. May I suggest Jonathan Rhys Meyers for a role?
Good for Jeff Tremaine. I've always liked his work and contributions to Jackass.

The casting for this should be fun. May I suggest Jonathan Rhys Meyers for a role?
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5:57PM on 11/01/2013
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, good call.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, good call.
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