Rob Zombie to direct hockey movie 'Broad Street Bullies'

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Deadline reports Rob Zombie is planning on stepping out of his comfort zone to make a sports movie. Zombie has signed on to write, direct, and produce "Broad Street Bullies," a movie about the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team from the early '70s. Zombie calls the film a mix between "Rocky" and "Boogie Nights."

"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."

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie started his career as a very successful rock musician, first as the front man for White Zombie and later with a nice solo career. One thing both his band and his solo act remain known for is very creative music videos, shot almost as short films paying homage to horror movie classics.

It was not a surprise when Zombie decided to try his hand at making his own horror movies. His first film was "House of 1,000 Corpses," an exploitation flick seeped in a '70s film style. He followed that up with another throwback movie in "Devil's Rejects" before moving on to remaking the first two installments of the "Halloween" franchise.

With his latest, "Lords of Salem," finished filming, Zombie apparently decided it was time to branch out and try something new.

"Broad Street Bullies"

While a sports movie is not what you might expect from Zombie, "Broad Street Bullies" might be right up his alley. The Philadelphia Flyers were an expansion team that joined the NHL in 1967 and quickly won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.

However, what the team was best known for was a hard-nosed style of play that earned Philadelphia the nickname of the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers made international news when they beat the powerful Soviet Union hockey team in 1976, playing so violently that the Soviets almost refused to return to the rink after the first period.

Other hockey movies

The movie "Broad Street Bullies" seems most reminiscent of is "Slap Shot." This sports flick starred Paul Newman a minor league player-coach who puts together a team of misfits that will do anything, no matter how violent, to win.

The movie was based on a minor league Pennsylvania team, but one has to wonder if the Flyers style of play also played a small part in the movie's origins.

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