Jeff Tremaine has another hit on his hand as his latest movie Bad Grandpa knocked Gravity out of the number one spot at the weekend box office last week. That follows three other very successful movies after all three Jackass movies. Well, it looks like he is finally leaving Jackass behind for at least one movie because he has signed on to direct the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt.
His movie will be based on the book, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, which was actually written by Nikki, Mick, Vince and Tommy themselves. This is pretty cool actually, especially if Tremaine doesn’t censor himself and actually shows the dirt, making it a true rock and roll movie.
Plus, it seems like he is a big fan and has wanted to make this movie since MTV first optioned it back in 2001.
“I’ve been careful to make this a natural progression. I’ve been offered a lot of scripts but DIRT is something I pursued with everything I had,” Tremaine said. “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. First of all, I had no idea how to make JACKASS into a movie, but I said to him, let me direct that movie, too. He said, yeah, of course! He was being sarcastic, because he had the same level of confidence in me as a director as I did at that time. Luckily for me, the movie never got made, and when this project became available, I put everything I had into chasing it and convincing everyone that I am the right guy for it. I really feel I am.”
He also seems like someone who might know what it’s like to be as stupid as Motley Crue was when they were at the height of their popularity – he has been around Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass guys for over a decade now. Of course, Tremaine said that Motley Crue was 10 times worse than the Jackass guys ever dreamed of being.
But, who will star as the Crue? He doesn’t know, but he does know what kind of actors he is looking for.
“It’s the spirit we’ve got to get right,” Tremaine said. “It’s 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. 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.”
Man, I hope he gets it right. He needs to make it dark and dirty, bringing in the drugs, maybe Nikki’s overdose, Tommy’s problems, and the explosive relationship between Vince and the other three members of Motley Crue. This could be awesome in the right hands.