The Dirt, Netflix’s new Motley Crue biopic, is finally heading for a February production start, as the streaming giant assembles its cast for the project.
Based on 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the movie is drected by Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) and written by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. The movie dates almost as far back as its source material, after years spent in pre-production limbo: it began more than a decade ago at Paramount, before jumping to Focus several years ago, as the band was on its final tour. Now, it’s found a home at Netflix, and the streaming service is readying to make the project a reality.
Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker) will play Motley Crue’s drummer, Tommy Lee, and Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx. Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon and The Punisher’s Daniel Webber are also in talks to play Mick Mars and Vince Neil.
The band was formed in L.A. and released its first album, “Too Fast for Love,” in 1981. Motley Crue combined hard rock, heavy metal, and glam rock, going on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.
The band first formed way back in 1982, with its blend of hard rock and glam rock winning fans worldwide. The movie charts their rise during the 80s in Los Angeles, as the band launches a career that took them all the way to New Year’s Eve in 2015, when they played their final gig at LA’s Staples Center.
Members of the band are on board as co-producers, alongside Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing.