The Pulse Of Radio reports that Rob Zombie‘s next film project as a writer and director will be “Broad Street Bullies”, about the famous Philadelphia Flyers hockey team of the 1970s that were famous for beating the Soviet Union’s team at the time and notorious for their violent tactics on the ice. According to Deadline, the Flyers played so brutally against the Soviet squad that the latter wanted to quit after one period. Zombie said in a statement about the film, “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.”
Zombie reportedly wants the movie to feel like a cross between “Rocky” and “Boogie Nights”.
The Flyers, who went from a cellar-dwelling expansion team to winners of back-to-back Stanley Cups, were previously chronicled in an HBO documentary, also called “Broad Street Bullies”.
The movie will mark Zombie‘s first foray outside horror films, with his resume so far consisting of projects like “House Of 1000 Corpses”, “Halloween” and the upcoming “The Lords Of Salem”.
Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that it’s been tough for him to break out of the horror movie genre. “The movies I’ve made up to this point have been pretty dark and pretty much in that world because those are the opportunities that were presented,” he said. “You know, the people that put up the money for these things know that if I stick to that sort of thing, it’s easily more profitable. So it’s a much bigger challenge to break out of it.”
Zombie‘s latest film, “The Lords Of Salem”, is currently in post-production and expected to be released later this year.
At the moment, Zombie has turned his attention back to music and is in the studio working on the follow-up to his 2010 album, “Hellbilly Deluxe 2”.