Rob Zombie to Direct Broad Street Bullies [1970's Philadelphia Flyers]

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The story of the most feared hockey team to ever take NHL ice may reach the silver screen.

According to a report by , Rob Zombie will assume the role’s of writer, director and producer of Broad Street Bullies, a film chronicling the exploits of the Philadelphia Flyers team’s of the 1970′s.

Zombie will steer away from his familiar horror film niche to tackle the sports film genre.


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

Using rough play and intimidation tactics, the Flyer’s launched themselves from mediocrity to Stanley Cup glory, winning back-to-back titles during the 1973-1974 and 1974-1975 NHL seasons.

In the infamous 1976 Super Series, the Flyers were pitted against the Soviet Red Army team. Disgusted by the Flyers rough play, coach Konstantin Loktev pulled his team off the ice. An act of protest or cowardice, the move nonetheless prompted Canadian announcer Bob Cole to declare the famous words; “They’re going home! They’re going home!”

Perhaps an homage to their on-ice tactics, The Simpsons referenced the team in its Tree house of Horror IV episode.  The “Jury of the Damned,” assembled by Satan himself included the likes of John Dillinger, Lizzy Borden, John Wilkes Booth and “the starting lineup of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers.”

Zombie is currently in the post-production stage of another horror film;  The Lords of Salem. The wheels of Broad Street Bullies should begin to spin in 2013.

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