Mötley Crüe’s biopic is finally starting pre-production, according to drummer Tommy Lee. He wrote on Twitter: “Hey kids! Good news! The Mötley Crüe movie The Dirt has begun pre-production! Starts shooting in February. Here we go!”
The film will be based on the 2001 book “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.” It was originally scheduled for release in 2016, but the group didn’t want to produce a rushed, subpar quality film.
Bassist Nikki Sixx revealed in December 2016 that the band was taking its time with the project: “I don’t wanna really be involved in something that’s just piece-mealed together just to say, ‘We did it!’ You know, one of those VH1 rock movies you see like on Meat Loaf. It’s not what we wanted.
“We think that the story’s actually more important than, actually, the band. It’s a really interesting story. It’s not really just about girls pulling their pants down in the bathroom and us snorting blow off their asses – there’s a bigger story to it.”
Machine Gun Kelly (real name Colson Baker) will play Lee in the Netflix adaptation. Jeff Tremaine, known for the “Jackass” movies, is directing. Members of Motley Crue will be co-producing the project.
The film has been in development hell for some time. Ten years ago Paramount Pictures was on board before it landed at MTV Films and later Focus.
The movie will centre on Mötley Crüe’s days as an ‘80s hair band and will feature both the good times and the bad. They formed in Los Angeles in 1981 and released the album “Too Fast For Love” the same year. They sold more than 100 million albums worldwide until they disbanded 34 years later in 2015.
Their last performance was held on Dec. 31, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Band members were so serious about retirement, they signed a contract that would make them liable if they tried to tour together again.