Movie Version of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt Coming to Netflix

  • Axl Rosenberg

The film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s infamous memoir, The Dirt, has for years now been stuck in what the movie industry calls “development hell”: it’s gone through two directors, two studios, multiple screenwriters, and here we are, sixteen years (!) after the book’s publication, and still no Dirty movie. At this point, fans could be forgiven for assuming that this project is going the way of Jodorowsky’s Dune.

But don’t go away mad — don’t go away at all, in fact, ’cause The Hollywood Reporter says the film is now “in negotiations to land at Netflix.” Which would actually be the third studio that has had the movie at some point or another.

The good news about this is that since Netflix isn’t beholden to the MPAA or theater chains, current director Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Bad Grandpa) would probably have much greater creative freedom than he would making the movie for a traditional studio. It could also mean a longer running time, which is good, ’cause I dunno how you fit the entire Crüe chronicle into two hours. And Netflix is obviously enjoying a certain cultural cache right now, and they’re still growing — they paid $90 million for the new Will Smith movie and $60 million for the new Brad Pitt movie (to say nothing of their just-renewed deal with Adam Sandler).

The bad news about this is that there’s still no word on a production start date. So this deal could fall apart and we could be back to square one.

I guess we’ll see what happens next. But if this actually comes together, I’m guessing we’ll finally see a Dirt movie in 2018. Excited?

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