“I’ve wanted to make this going back to 2001, when we were just planning the first ‘Jackass’ movie and I found out that David Gale at MTV Films had just optioned the book.
“First of all, I had no idea how to make ‘Jackass’ into a movie, but I said to him, ‘Let me direct that movie, too.’ He said, ‘Yeah, of course!’ He was being sarcastic, because he had the same level of confidence in me as a director as I did at that time. Luckily for me, the movie never got made, and when this project became available, I put everything I had into chasing it and convincing everyone that I am the right guy for it. I really feel I am.”
According to Deadline.com, the “Dirt” will be produced by LBI Entertainment‘s Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn, along with 10th Street Entertainment and Erik Olsen. Amanda Adelson is co-producing. Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) is putting the finishing touches on the script, and the film is being set up independently by CAA to shoot early next year, with the agency repping domestic distribution rights.
Rob Zombie in 2011 denied the widely reported story that he was going to direct “The Dirt”. Zombie told Australian web site Undercover, “No, I’m not doing the MÖTLEY CRÜE movie. I don’t know where that rumor came from.””That rumor” appeared to originate in a Billboard interview with CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, in which it was reported that Zombie would direct the on-again, off-again movie.
It was reported in 2008 that MÖTLEY CRÜE was trying to extricate itself from a deal with MTV Films, a division of Paramount Pictures, to make the “The Dirt” movie.
A deal was first announced for the film version in 2006 but had since gone nowhere. Bassist Nikki Sixx told Reuters that MTV was “a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip…They are not the right partner.”