Mötley Crüe movie ‘The Dirt’ to be made by ‘art house’ film company

Tommy Lee called script read-through 'the most fucking insanely surrealistic experience' of his life

The forthcoming film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s infamous autobiography The Dirt has been picked up Focus Features, the “art house” division of NBCUniversal.

Focus Features will develop the film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Jeff Tremaine set to direct. Tremaine was previously behind the camera on the Jackass movies and TV show.

Californication creator Tom Kapinos has co-written the script based on 2001’s The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the best-selling sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ memoir written by author Neil Strauss and Mötley Crüe members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx.

The casting process will begin shortly and the band members will serve as co-producers on the film. Speaking in May, Tommy Lee promised that the film will be “Triple R rated”.

At the time, he described a read-through of the film’s script as “probably the most fucking insanely surrealistic experience I’ve ever sat through”. Lee added: “I was just like, ‘What the fuck?! That’s insane! This movie is insane!’ Even just the way the movie starts, you’re like, ‘How the hell are we gonna rate this thing? Triple R?'”

Focus Features’ recent releases include Oscar-nominated Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.