PHILADELPHIA — Rob Zombie has gone from horror to hockey.
Zombie has ditched the slasher flicks with his latest project, a movie adaptation of the Philadelphia Flyers' famed Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s. The Bullies pounded their way into the hearts of Flyers fans — and became the most despised team in the NHL — while winning the franchise's only two Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.
Raised a hockey fan outside Boston, the Bullies caught Zombie's attention.
Now, he has theirs.
Zombie visited former Bullies like Bob Kelly and Bernie Parent before a Flyers game this month and toured the team's archives. He's putting the finishing touches on the script and hopes to being filming in the fall.
He met with team brass to get a better sense of how it is the orange and black have stirred Flyers fans for decades. Zombie enjoyed meeting with the Flyers as he tried to get them to spill dirt, more than blood.
“This is the one where I try to get everyone to tell me stories they don't want to tell,” he said.
Zombie wants to film most of the movie in Philadelphia and will try and find a suitable rink to recreate the old Spectrum, site of their biggest wins, but since razed to make room for an entertainment complex.
“It's the greatest sports story ever not told, I guess,” Zombie said. “Had to do it. It reads like fiction, it's so incredible.”
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