It may not be a crossover you saw coming, but it’s happening: Rob Zombie, of all the perfect people to having doing this, is making a film about the Broad Street Bullies.
From Deadline New York:
Rob Zombie will write, direct and produce Broad Street Bullies, a film about the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team that evolved from a cellar-dwelling expansion team into a team that racked up victories and penalty minutes in equal measure during the 1970s. Zombie, known for his head-banging music before transitioning to genre films like House Of 1000 Corpses and Halloween, is making a departure with this film, sort of, because the Flyers’ brutal style of play is genre-worthy and has the makings for a hockey film on the order of the 1977 sports film classic Slap Shot.
This has potential.
Zombie got the rights to the story and has the team’s full support, so the behind-the-scenes access should be terrific. My favourite part about this, by far, is that older ex-players have a penchant for exaggerating both their play and off-ice antics as they get older. Nothing to hide anymore, selective memory and the desire to grow one’s legacy makes for great story telling.
More from Deadline New York, on what Zombie says to expect:
He likened the tone of the tale to Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice. “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.”
Those Flyers teams won back-to-back Cups, and legendarily beat the Soviet Union’s Red Army team, mostly by beating the shit out of them. He expects to get started on the film shortly, so we’ve all got something new to look forward to.