Horror filmmaker Rob Zombie is taking on the rough-and-tumble world of the NHL with his new project Broad Street Bullies, based on the infamous Philadelphia Flyers team of the 1970s.
Under head coach Fred Shero, the Flyers went from a cellar-dwelling expansion team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, utilizing an intimidating style of play never before seen in the National Hockey League. The team touted hard-hitting enforcers like Dave "The Hammer" Schultz and talented skill players such as Bobby Clarke who lead them to victory.
They even defeated the equally-infamous U.S.S.R. national team, also known as the "Red Army Team," in 1976. The Russian team planned on forfeiting after the first period, due to the Flyers' intense level of play, until they were told the players would not be paid. The Flyers won the game 4-1.
Rob Zombie will write, direct, and produce this sports drama, with the full support of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about his project, which he likened in tone to both Rocky and Boogie Nights.
"Each character involved is more outrageous than the next. The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this 'stranger than fiction' sports tale."
Andy Gould, Les Borsai, and Jeremy Platt are producing, and are in the process of securing financing.