Bad Grandpa’s Jeff Tremaine Takes On Mötley Crüe Biopic

By November 4, 2013


We’ve all seen their “Behind The Music” and heard the crazy stories about Mötley Crüe from everyone who partied with the band (and the band themselves) that eventually culminated into a book called The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band written by the band with Neil Strauss. The tome chronicled the band’s ups and downs in the world of sex, drugs, death, and of course, rock and roll.

And now it’s being made into movie, warts and all.


Deadline reports that Jeff Tremaine (director of the “Jackass” show and films, including Bad Grandpa) will direct and “Californication” creator/writer Tom Kapinos is in process of finishing the script.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" New York Special Screening

Tremaine (above) campaigned HARD to direct once he knew the book had been optioned, telling Deadline:

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. 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.

Tremaine’s just about seen everything gross or obnoxious with Johnny Knoxville and the “Jackass” crew since day one, so I can’t think of ANY other director who’d be appropriate…and from what I’ve read, it seems as though most of you agree.

Dirt will hopefully start shooting sometime in 2014.

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