The Dirt (film)

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The Dirt
The Dirt Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Produced by
Written by
Screenplay byRich Wilkes
Based on
CinematographyToby Oliver
Edited byMelissa Kent
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) (Hollywood premiere)
  • March 22, 2019 (2019-03-22) (United States)
CountryUnited States

The Dirt is an American biographical musical comedy-drama film directed by Jeff Tremaine from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes, about glam metal band Mötley Crüe. It is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2019.[1] The film's Hollywood premiere took place on March 18, 2019.


The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock and roll groups in history.



In 2006, film adaptation rights to the autobiographical book The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, authored by Neil Strauss with Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx, were bought by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. At the time, Larry Charles was tapped to direct the film.[2] However, production on the film stalled and in 2008 Sixx spoke of his frustration in an interview stating:

"We're trying to get them 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."[3]

In November 2013, Jeff Tremaine signed on to helm The Dirt, with the film having been dropped by MTV Films and Paramount Pictures.[4] In January 2015, Focus Features picked up rights to the film.[5] However, production languished in development hell until March 2017, when Netflix bought worldwide rights to the film. At the time, Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, and Douglas Booth were being eyed for lead roles in the film.[6] In November 2017, Booth officially signed on to star in the film.[7] In January 2018, Machine Gun Kelly, Iwan Rheon and Daniel Webber joined the cast.[8][9] In February 2018, Tony Cavalero joined the cast.[10] In March 2018, Rebekah Graf, Leven Rambin, and David Costabile joined the cast.[11][12][13]

Principal production commenced in February 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[9]


On March 11, 2018, a crew member suffered an electric shock while de-rigging a set during the New Orleans shoot. He was rushed to a hospital and recovered from the accident.[14]



The trailer was released on February 19, 2019 and featured glimpses of some of the stories including the infamous hotel TV throwing incident, Vince Neil's vehicular manslaughter charges in 1984, and Nikki Sixx's drug overdose in 1987.[15]


The Dirt Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 2019
ProducerDave Donnelly
Mötley Crüe chronology
Greatest Hits
The Dirt Soundtrack

On February 22, 2019, Mötley Crüe and Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Tommy Lee in the film) released the music video for their song "The Dirt (Est. 1981)" on their YouTube channel. The band also announced that aside from the aforementioned song, the film's soundtrack will feature three new recordings: "Ride with the Devil," "Crash and Burn," and a cover of the Madonna song "Like a Virgin."[16][17][18]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Dirt (Est. 1981)" (featuring Machine Gun Kelly)3:52
2."Red Hot"3:20
3."On with the Show"4:07
4."Live Wire"3:14
6."Take Me to the Top"3:43
7."Piece of Your Action"4:39
8."Shout at the Devil"3:16
9."Looks That Kill"4:07
10."Too Young to Fall in Love"3:34
11."Home Sweet Home"3:59
12."Girls, Girls, Girls"4:30
13."Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"4:12
14."Kickstart My Heart"4:48
15."Dr. Feelgood"4:50
16."Ride with the Devil" 
17."Crash and Burn" 
18."Like a Virgin" (Madonna cover)3:08


  1. ^ "MÖTLEY CRÜE Biopic 'The Dirt' To Arrive In March". December 2, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Gardner, Dave McNary,Chris (28 April 2006). "Crue chief for Par pic".
  3. ^ "Motley Crue slam MTV over 'Dirt'". 20 June 2008.
  4. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (1 November 2013). "'Bad Grandpa's Jeff Tremaine On Directing Motley Crue Movie, Growing Up 'Jackass' And Axing A Spike Jonze Drag Performance".
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (16 January 2015). "Motley Crue Movie 'The Dirt' Revived at Focus Features".
  6. ^ "Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Landing at Netflix (Exclusive)".
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (17 November 2017). "Douglas Booth In Talks To Play Nikki Sixx In Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt'".
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 January 2018). "Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix's Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt'".
  9. ^ a b "Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Finds Its Vince Neil, Mick Mars (Exclusive)".
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (28 February 2018). "Tony Cavalero To Play Ozzy Osbourne In Netflix's Mötley Crüe Biopic 'The Dirt'".
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (6 March 2018). "Rebekah Graf Cast In Netflix's 'The Dirt'; Brittany Allen Joins Nicholas McCarthy's Untitled Horror Film".
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (9 March 2018). "Leven Rambin Joins Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt'".
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (24 March 2018). "'Billions' Actor David Costabile To Play Doc McGhee In 'The Dirt'".
  14. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 11, 2018). "Motley Crue Biopic Crew Member Suffers Electric Shock, Expected To Recover". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  15. ^ brownypaul (2019-02-19). "The trailer was released for Mötley Crüe's bio-movie The Dirt and…". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  16. ^ Kreps, Daniel (February 22, 2019). "Motley Crue Drop 'The Dirt (Est. 1981)' Video, Detail Biopic's Soundtrack". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mötley Crüe to release The Dirt soundtrack". Mötley Crüe. February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  18. ^ brownypaul (2019-02-22). "Mötley Crüe announce soundtrack for The Dirt movie with Four New Songs!". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 2019-02-24.

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