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Mötley Crüe Biopic 'The Dirt' Moving Forward: Focus Features Picks Up Jeff Tremaine-Directed Film


Although Mötley Crüe is currently on its final ride, the group's biopic based on the 2001 memoir The Dirt: The Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band recently found new life thanks to Focus Features. The production company snagged the film, which has Jackass mastermind Jeff Tremaine attached to direct with a script by Rich Wilkes (Airheads) and Tom Kapinos (Californication). The search for actors will begin soon, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Tentatively titled The Dirt, the movie previously belonged to Paramount Pictures with David Fincher (Gone Girl) on board to direct. The band backed out of a deal with MTV Films in the early stages as well. Nikki Sixx shared his vision for the film with Rolling Stone back in 2011.

"I've always believed that it's a cross between Goodfellas and maybe Boogie Nights," he said (that sounds like a winning combination).

The 2001 book, written by Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and author Neil Strauss, highlights the band's rise from a group of Sunset Strip punks to the wildest rock crew in the world. It is a New York Times bestseller.

Here's one very tamed excerpt from the book about the band's first house, via NPR.

It was 1981, and we were broke, with one thousand seven-inch singles that our manager had pressed for us and a few decimated possessions to our name. In the front room sat one leather couch and a stereo that Tommy's parents had given him for Christmas. The ceiling was covered with small round dents because every time the neighbors complained about the noise, we'd retaliate by pounding on the ceiling with broom handles and guitar necks. The carpet was filthy with alcohol, blood, and cigarette burns, and the walls were scorched black.

The Crüe is reportedly working on plans to hold their final shows in Los Angeles, where it all started. More information may come next week when the band stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform.

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