Following a year of scant news about the movie, Mötley Crüe‘s biopic The Dirt may finally be on its way out of Hollywood purgatory. Focus Features has picked up the film and begun development on it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company is also retaining Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Bad Grandpa) as its director and is working with the script that xXx writer Rich Wilkes wrote with Californication creator Tom Kapinos adapted from the band’s gritty, shocking 2001 memoir, The Dirt: The Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The production company will begin its search for actors in the near future.
The members of Crüe have long been vocal about their desire to see the film finally make it to the big screen. The film was previously attached to Paramount and Fight Club and Gone Girl director David Fincher.
“I’ve always believed that it’s a cross between Goodfellas and maybe Boogie Nights,”Nikki Sixx said in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2011 after they had abandoned a deal with MTV Films. After a read-through of the script, Tommy Lee told Billboard he anticipated a “triple R” rating for the film. “I was just like, ‘What the fuck? That’s insane,'” he said. “This movie is insane. Even just the way the movie starts, you’re like, ‘How the hell are we gonna rate this thing?'”
In other Crüe news, lead singer Vince Neil teased the possibility of a string of official final shows to take place where they formed, in Los Angeles. Speaking with the Las Vegas Sun about his new arena football team, the Las Vegas Outlaws, Neil voiced his desire for the band to return to the Sunset Strip one last time. “I hope we can have our final after-party at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where we began 34 years ago, if it hasn’t been torn down by then,” he noted. “It would be a fitting place to celebrate the beginning and the end.”
In August of last year, Neil had voiced similar desires in an interview with Rolling Stone. “[The Whisky a Go Go is] the only place to end it,” he said. “I’m hoping we do it on January 17th, 2016. It’ll be our 35th anniversary.”
The band has yet to confirm its farewell plans, but its members do have an announcement planned for their upcoming appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, January 20th and will probably reveal further plans during their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on January 22nd. The band previously signed a “cessation of touring agreement” that will be enacted at the end of 2015. On their website, the only tour dates listed for 2015 are February dates in Asia and June dates in Europe.