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Rob Zombie to take on the Broad Street Bullies

Rob Zombie to direct Broad Street Bullies movie

Rob Zombie has optioned the theatrical rights to the story of the “Broad Street Bullies”, the legendary mid-1970’s version of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. The Bullies were known for their aggressive playing style that included fighting and intimidation as tactics in their rise from fledging newcomers to a powerhouse franchise.

The Bullies were recently the subject of a critically acclaimed 2010 HBO 24/7 Sports documentary.

I’m excited to share this story where Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice. Each character involved is more outrageous than the next,” says Zombie, “The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction’ sports tale.”

The project has the support of the Flyer’s organization, which will cooperate with Zombie and pull no punches in telling the team’s incredible story, including the infamous game against the Soviet Red Army team in which the “unbeatable” Russians stormed off the ice, intimidated by the Flyers’ no-holds-barred approach. They eventually returned to the ice for a crushing defeat at the hands of the Flyers.

Bobby Clarke, the ex-captain and current Senior Vice President of the Flyers, states, “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.”

Zombie will produce along with Andy Gould, Les Borsai, and Jeremy Platt.  The team is currently securing financing and will begin casting in the near feature.

Rob Zombie is currently finishing post production on his latest feature film The Lords of Salem, the next picture from Haunted Movies, a partnership between Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli (Insidious, Paranormal Activity franchise), and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik.

Rob Zombie is one of the only artists to have unprecedented success as both the writer and director of six feature films, and as one of the defining rock music icons of his generation. He’s been nominated for 7 GRAMMY Awards and has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. His film credits include the cult smash House of 1000 Corpses (Lionsgate 2003) and its landmark sequel The Devil’s Rejects (Lionsgate 2005), the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (Film Roman 2009), and the record-breaking blockbuster re-imagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween (Dimension 2007), along with its sequel Halloween 2 (Dimension 2009), which gave new life to the franchise.


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10 Responses

  1. Drew

    No pressure

    June 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

  2. 5
  3. Drew

    Hey Rob,
    Couldn’t be happier your doin the movie. These guys are our living legends. Don’t fuck it up!

    June 22, 2012 at 6:53 am

  4. 5
  5. stanley

    please don’t f*** this up. don’t turn a great, real and true story into an over the top, campy, cartoon. the idea of boogie nights meets real life pro athletes in the 70’s sounds really cool, but please don’t f*** it up.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  6. 5
  7. fireandair

    I’ve been following that team since I was a kid, and I remember when they won both times, and I’m leery of this. You better do right by those guys, and by the fans. I don’t want a movie by some dude who disrespects them (and us) in the process. If you aren’t from Philadelphia, you really have no idea what that team means to us — men, women, black, white, old, young, everyone. Whoever said they are family, and they walk on water was right. They are, and they do.

    And I also don’t feel like seeing someone make some damn gangsta bullshit movie where every single Philadelphia Flyers hockey fan on screen is some white guy between 18 and 34 and a bunch of bimbo puck bunnies who could all be extras in “Jersey Shore,” and oh, black fans, what are they? My chain-smoking, foul-mouthed Italian grandmother was a fan of that team.

    Just saying. Those guys aren’t saints, but they mean a lot to Philadelphia. You better do right by them, and by us.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  8. 5
  9. chalieflyers28

    hey rob, i think it’s awesome you are doing a movie about my team. anyway, i’m a hockey player from the philly area. i would love to audition and be a part of the movie. if you have any interest please let me know. Thanks.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  10. 5
  11. broadstzombie

    Hope to see you and Sheri at some games here!!!

    I did a shoot with the Flyguys in Total skull threads!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  12. 5
  13. Rick

    Hi Rob,
    Congrats on the Broad Street Bullies project. I have a son who has been skating for quite some time now and many people have suggested he try and get into film acting. If there is any consideration, please let me know.
    Thanks and take care,

    June 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  14. 5
  15. Psycho

    Amazing, Rob is the best !

    June 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  16. 5
  17. Zach pulliam

    This is so awesome! I am a hockey player and this is such a cool story. I would love to tryout for casting on something like this! Let me know if you need any great skaters to help out with this movie.

    June 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  18. 5
  19. M Tragedy666

    Wow this is awesome. It will be cool to see Rob try something other than horror.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:39 am