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Sunday 24 May 2015

Motley Crue to get biography film

Motley Crue are having a film made of their autobiography
Motley Crue are having a film made of their autobiography

Motley Crue are set to get a film made about them which will be directed by Bad Grandpa's Jeff Tremaine.

The film will be based on the band's autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band, which band members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars contributed to with writer Neil Strauss.

Jeff, who has directed the Jackass cast since their first video, said he had been desperate to take on the Motley Crue film.

He revealed: "I've been offered a lot of scripts but Dirt is something I pursued with everything I had."

Jeff said although he didn't have much directing experience when the book was first optioned as a film in 2001, he was interested because he felt connected to the story.

He said: "We were deep into doing Jackass on TV and about to start doing Jackass: The Movie and we were all passing [the autobiography] around and going, holy s***. 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."

Jeff said he was keen to get the casting right, but warned: "Some of what they went through is funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy. It's pretty dark. I think fans of what I've done will like this movie, but it's not going to make you fall out of your chair laughing."

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