MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil spoke to Las Vegas Magazine about the status of the long-awaited film adaptation of the group's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band". He said: "Making music and making movies is two different things. We're involved in it, but … we just got a new script about three or four months ago, the rewrite of the old script, and it's way, way better. It's such a great script."
He continued: "This movie should be out in the summer of 2016. It does stay pretty close to 'The Dirt', so if you've read 'The Dirt', it's really something to look forward to."
Asked how it strikes him that he will be seeing an actor playing him on screen, Vince said: "That's gonna be strange. It's funny, I saw the table read of the last script. They have these different actors playing each person, and even just the table read of the script was weird when the Vince guy was talking. [Laughs] It wasn't the guy that's gonna play me, but it was just kind of weird hearing somebody say your words. It's a bit of a trip."
The Hollywood Reporter reported in January that the film adaptation of "The Dirt " was picked up by Focus Features, the art house films division of NBCUniversal. The project is being helmed by "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" director Jeff Tremaine and is produced by Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and Allen Kovac. It is executive-produced by Chris Nilsson, Steven Kline and Rick Yorn. Rich Wilkes ("XXX") and Tom Kapinos ("Californication") took care of the script.
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx last year attended a read-through of the script with Tremaine and were impressed with what they saw.
"Can I tell you it was the most fucking insanely surreal experience I've ever sat through, y'know," Lee told GMI Rock News. "I sat through probably two hours and change of literally watching people act and play through this two-hour-plus movie of your… of 30 years of your life that went by in two hours, and I was just like, 'What the fuck?! That's insane. This movie is insane.' Even just the way the movie starts, you're like, 'How the hell are we gonna rate this thing, triple R?'"
According to Lee, the film won't include any big stars acting as the CRÜE members.
"We're going with all unknowns," he said. "I think that's crucial here, too. Getting known actors would not do anybody or the film or the band or any of that stuff justice. I think it would be watching a well-known actor play Vince [Neil] or myself or Nikki or Mick [Mars] would be weird, because all of those other movies they've done would be attached to that character, and it would be real hard to remove those. There's a lot of up-and-coming young actors that are fucking amazing, actually."