About a year and a half ago, we heard that Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm) had been recruited to direct the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt, based on the no-holds-barred book by Neil Strauss. It sounded like a great match, and there were also some juicy rumours about Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer making cameos as Ozzy and David Lee Roth. Unfortunately, it’s starting to sound like this particular version of the movie may not end up seeing the light of day. Not only has there been no news about it recently, but while doing press for their new album Saints of Los Angeles, Motley Crue recently gave a damning update on the movie from their point of view.
Apparently the band is not happy with the vision that MTV Films and Paramount had, and they are now looking for new partners to work with. Bassist Nikki Six had this to say: “We’re trying to get them (MTV) out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago… MTV has become bogged down in its own way. It’s a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip. We signed with them because we believed they were right, but they haven’t come to the table. We need to find the right partner. They are not the right partner.”
Could it be that they weren’t happy with the comedic direction the movie was taking (which it almost certainly would have been with Larry Charles on board)? I find it hard to believe that a movie about their early days of partying and excess could actually be done seriously. Rich Wilkes (xXx, Airheads, The StÃƒÂ¶ned Age) wrote the original draft of the script. I just hope the movie doesn’t get stalled indefinitely because the band wants too much creative control.