Rob Zombie Switches Scares for Sport to Make 'Broad Street Bullies'
Back in 2010, director Rob Zombie announced his plans to direct another horror film called Lords of Salem, in which townspeople in modern day Salem, Massachusetts are visited by a coven of 300-year old demonic witches. That movie is set for release later this year, and Zombie already has his sights set on his next gig. Deadline reports he'll be taking a step away from horror and into the sports world to direct Broad Street Bullies, a film about the 1970's Philadelphia Flyers hockey team who rose from no-name losers to two-time Stanley Cup winners by brawling with other teams just as often as they would score. More below!
Zombie will also write and produce the movie, which he called Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice. HBO produced a documentary in 2010 with the same name that covers the same material, but Zombie acquired the rights to the story and has the full support of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. This team was legendary, and hopefully Zombie can do them justice on film. I've gotta say, though, I'm not sure how his dark style is going to translate to a premise that sounds like a mix between a studio comedy and a Disney movie. The recent hockey film Goon tried (and failed) to live up to the Paul Newman classic Slap Shot, but that's a tall order for any movie and we'll see if Zombie comes to creating a contemporary sports classic.