Generally speaking, head-banging musicians are the last people you'd expect to create buzz for the National Hockey League, yet that's exactly the case in this instance.
Rob Zombie has signed up to write, direct and produce a film about the 1970's Philadelphia Flyers rough and tough teams. Some believe it could be this generation's version of the iconic 1977 hockey film "Slap Shot."
"Broad Street Bullies," the drama feature film version, will tell the story of how a lousy expansion franchise became the toughest guys on skates, and more importantly, champions. The Flyers' tough-guy shenanigans have already been featured in a recent HBO documentary, but this will be much bigger.
The Flyers organization fully endorses Zombie's undertaking. The musician turned filmmaker compared his new project to "Boogie Nights" meeting "Rocky," according to Mike Fleming of Deadline.com.
"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."
Zombie is working with his team on financing for the project with plans to begin filming soon.
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