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Rob Zombie To Direct, Produce And Write Film About The Broad Street Bullies

On Tuesday afternoon, the entertainment industry website Deadline.com reported that musician/artist/director Rob Zombie will write, produce and direct a feature film called Broad Street Bullies about the Philadelphia Flyers teams from the 1970s of the same name.

Zombie, who was the lead singer of the metal band White Zombie before embarking on a solo career, made his directorial debut in 2003 with the horror film House of 1000 Corpses. He has since gone on to direct other horror films such as a remake of Halloween as well as the 2005 release, The Devil’s Rejects.

Obviously, Broad Street Bullies is set to be a departure from the horror genre the director is used to but Zombie is excited about the project none-the-less. 

Via Deadline.com:

“Each character involved is more outrageous than the next,” Zombie said. “The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction’ sports tale.”

According to the report, the tone of the movie is going to be Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice.

Zombie acquired the rights to the team’s story and has the full support of the organization, including team legend, Bobby Clarke.

“The great Rob Zombie making a drama feature film about the Broad Street Bullies is exciting and thrilling for all of us! I look forward to seeing it,” the Flyers great reportedly said.

According to Deadline, production is set to begin soon with Zombie, Andy Gould, Les Borsai and Jeremy Platt signed on as producers. 

As strange as it may sound, this is legit.

Comcast Spectacor released the following statement to The Checking Line confirming the accuracy of the report:

"Rob Zombie and his partners have optioned the story rights (to the Broad Street Bullies) and we look forward to seeing them excercise their option and make a terrific movie about an important piece of our history."

 

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Comments

George Prax's picture

Not sure what to make of this. The news is a little mind-reeling when you first look at it. Zombie is kind of shitty as a director but this is new ground for him so who knows. Glad hockey is getting some recognition in the sports film genre though, between this and Goon.