After his success with capturing the top box office spot last weekend with ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,’ a film that grossed around twice its budget with a $32 million opening weekend, www.deadline.com announced that director Jeff Tremaine will next helm ‘Dirt,’ a feature film that tells the story of 1980’s rock band Motley Crue. The film is based on the band’s bestselling autobiography ‘The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,’ written by band members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars with Neil Strauss.
Tremaine originally learned how to direct working with the ‘Jackass’ crew back in the ’90s. He was the running the skateboard magazine ‘Big Brother’ when ‘Jackass’ leader Johnny Knoxville approached him about filming a stunt in which he was tasered. Tremaine gave Knoxville a camera, and ‘Jackass’ took off from there, with Tremaine shooting many of the stunts that made it to the hit TV show.
“I’ve been careful to make this a natural progression,” Tremain said. “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. 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.”
The film’s script is currently being “polished” by ‘Californication’ writer Tom Kapinos, with casting getting underway, for a shooting start in early 2014.