Motley Crue set to tour, but frustrated by film

Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:52pm EDT
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Motley Crue are back with a new album, a song that's a hit with gamers and an upcoming festival tour, but the bad-boy rockers are frustrated that a long-awaited movie about their lives is going nowhere.

The glam-metal veterans first announced in 2006 they had reached a deal with MTV Films/Paramount to start producing a biopic based on their best-selling autobiography "The Dirt," which was co-written with Neil Strauss

But the band is now looking for new partners, bassist/lyricist Nikki Sixx told Reuters.

"We're trying to get them (MTV) out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago," he said.

"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," he said. "We need to find the right partner. They are not the right partner."

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, both units of media conglomerate Viacom Inc, declined comment.

Fighting with partners and among themselves is nothing new for Motley Crue, whose members also include singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee.

After rising to prominence in Los Angeles' heavy metal scene in the early 1980s, the band enjoyed such hits as "Dr. Feelgood" and "Shout at the Devil," but also endured the temporary departures of both Neil and Lee, record-label strife, waning popularity and the consequences of drug abuse.   Continued...

<p>(L-R) Motley Crue's Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee pose at Avalon in Hollywood, California April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>