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Rob Zombie Takes A Break From Horror To Make A Hockey Movie!!

Published at: June 20, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

The Kidd here...

Rob Zombie isn't abandoning THE LORDS OF SALEM, which he's currently finishing up, but, for his next project, Zombie will be leaving the horror genre altogether to write, direct and produce BROAD STREET BULLIES, a biopic of sorts on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers, known as much for their back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships as their intimidating play. In fact, it was that brutality on the ice which led to the legendary story of their defeat the Soviet Union's Central Red Army team in an exhibition after the Soviets left the ice midway through the first period in protest of the Flyers' physical style of play.

Deadline reports that Zombie managed to secure the rights to the team's story and has the full support of the Philadelphia Flyers organization moving forward, viewing it as some sort of ROCKY meets BOOGIE NIGHTS mix, due to the eclectic collection of characters on the team and their blue collar nature on the ice. 

This is really where we'll see what Zombie has in him as a director, as he escapes the comfort zone he's built for himself in horror. Even still, his horror films have produced mixed results with the HALLOWEENs not seen so favorably, while THE DEVIL'S REJECTS easily ranks as his best and HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES a bit of a mixed bag. He could have easily just stuck to what he knows, but I commend Zombie for taking on the challenge of doing a hockey movie, something you wouldn't have expected from him. 

Now who's ready to make the story of the 1970s Oakland Raiders...?

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • June 20, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    OH, GOODY, another Sherrie Zombie flick!

    by DrMorbius

  • June 20, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Fuck!

    by rev_skarekroe

    Motherfucking fuck! You fucking cocksucking fuckers! Fuck you! Fuck motherfuck! FUCK!!! That's an excerpt from the script.

  • June 20, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Why the hockey movie trend all of a sudden?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 20, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    * ...eclectic collection of characters ... *

    by DrMorbius

    To be sure ... So ... where does that leave us on the Freey vs Jason remake?

  • June 20, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Kidd vs. sentence structure

    by P

    known as much for their back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships as their intimidating play should read... known as much for their intimidating play as their back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. The intimidating play is the subject, correct? Oh I give up.

  • June 20, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    There's something to Zombie...

    by JIm Tshirt

    I haven't necessarily liked anything he's done, but I do believe he has some real potential. Ice Soccer definitely isn't my thing, but I'll check it out.

  • June 20, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    The 1970's Flyers team makes for great movie fodder...

    by gringostar

    there certainly were a lot of interesting characters on that team! I loved Bobby Clarke as a kid (I liked his toothless grin) also they have one of the best crests (logos) in sports. All this coming from a fan of the Edmonton Oilers... If you are interested in getting more background on this team I highly recommend checking out the Broad Street Bullies Documentary (2010).

  • June 20, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Then it's on to The Olga Korbut Story starring ...

    by DrMorbius

    any guesses?

  • June 20, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I love this guy

    by CuervoJones

  • I know that the dude has this hardcore rock background, but for god's sake, there is a way to make a film without tits, gore, and f-nukes thrown at the screen every five fucking seconds. The guy has the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Here's hoping that he can break away from his usual bullshit with this straightforward biopic.

  • June 20, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    gringostar

    by DrMorbius

    Some other best logos ... Maple Leafs ... Red Wings ... Blackhawks

  • June 20, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I think this is an oddly good match of material and director.

    by Ironhelix

    I still find it strange that Zombie even makes films. I used to go see him perform with White Zombie back in the early 90's.

  • June 20, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    HBO DOC

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    HBO had a documentary about the Broad STreet Bullies a few years back that was really entertaining. I also think that Zombie has potential should he pull back on the garish imagery and work from a good script. This has potential. Although wasnt Slapshot a movie about a rowdy hockey team from the 1970's? Hopefully, he can avoid that comparison.

  • You couldn't tell me with a team with The Playmaker Michael Irvin, Charles Haley, and the Warrior Emitt Smith, wouldn't be great to see. Add in Prime Time Deion Sanders, that's entertainment of itself.

  • June 20, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    shouldn't it be called Ladies of Salem if it's about witches?

    by Cobb05

    I'm not convinced that Zombie is a good director. House of 1000 Corpses was a mess of a movie. I liked The Devil's Rejects, but the plot was very weak. It relied heavily on the chatacters just being crazy. Halloween 1 & 2 sucked. For someone who loved Halloween, he totally didn't get what the original was about. Michael Meyers wasn't a stereotypical serial killer who followed the serial killer check list of killing animals and all that bullshit. He was evil. There was no getting in his head and figuring out what made him do it. That weakened his character and made him just a crazy dude. Loomis in JC's version knows that you can't reason with Michael. He's scared of him. And Zombie using the mother as some angel to Michael was just pissing on the original. I saw that Lords of Salem footage that's on youtube. It looks really cheaply made. So my guess is it's not heavy on plot either. I have no idea if Zombie can pull off a movie with a plot and real characters. Who knows, maybe he'll pull it off. Who knew he was a hockey fan?

  • June 20, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    shouldn't it be called Ladies of Salem if it's about witches?

    by Cobb05

    I'm not convinced that Zombie is a good director. House of 1000 Corpses was a mess of a movie. I liked The Devil's Rejects, but the plot was very weak. It relied heavily on the chatacters just being crazy. Halloween 1 & 2 sucked. For someone who loved Halloween, he totally didn't get what the original was about. Michael Meyers wasn't a stereotypical serial killer who followed the serial killer check list of killing animals and all that bullshit. He was evil. There was no getting in his head and figuring out what made him do it. That weakened his character and made him just a crazy dude. Loomis in JC's version knows that you can't reason with Michael. He's scared of him. And Zombie using the mother as some angel to Michael was just pissing on the original. I saw that Lords of Salem footage that's on youtube. It looks really cheaply made. So my guess is it's not heavy on plot either. I have no idea if Zombie can pull off a movie with a plot and real characters. Who knows, maybe he'll pull it off. Who knew he was a hockey fan?

  • June 20, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The question is will it suck like his other movies.

    by Eric

  • June 20, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    where can i send him $money$ to help make it

    by Micah

    Now this is a story i want to see. This is not horror, its fear....... that is what other teams where to the flyers of the 70's. They were afraid, because the flyers where mean. They would break your fucking ankle and not think twice about it. Hockey players are bullies, and half the game is all about intimidation. This will be the story of fear, in the same vein of horror. Hockey is a cross of ballet and Vietnam, fighting and checking hard is a part of the culture. Toughness and holding on is the only way you win. This will be entertaining indeed. Go Kings!

  • June 20, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    He's going to shoot it like a horror film

    by twogunjames

    Rob Cummings is only the sum of his influences. I'm sure his hockey film will feel like a horror director went off and made slapshot2. He's going to infuse it will degraded film quality and saturated colors while hipster actors get off on wearing bell bottoms.

  • June 20, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Changes name to Rob Zamboni.

    by JAGUART

  • June 20, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    drmorbius...

    by Blue_Demon

    The Olga Korbut Story...starring...Elle Fanning? I'll see the Flyers movie just to see Zombie stretch as a director.

  • June 20, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    jaguart

    by Last_of_the_Emurites

    "Rob Zamboni?" Fucking LOL! :)

  • June 20, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I hate how much of a pussy he has become

    by animas

    I guess that comes with old age and marriage though.

  • June 20, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "Rob Zombie To Make A Hockey Movie!!"

    by buggerbugger

    Makes a change from making hacky movies.

  • June 20, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I would totally watch that! Bring it!

    by EastcoastAvenger

  • June 20, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    "shouldn't it be called Ladies of Salem if it's about witches?"

    by buggerbugger

    The term 'witch' originally applied to both men and women. Conal Cochran is the witch of 'Halloween 3's extended title, for instance. However, the witches of Zombie's latest crayon scrawlings **are** supposed to be women. I remember thinking that the synopsis was a confusing read. Witches executed. The Lords of Salem send a magic record that will resurrect the Lords of Satan from death. The Lords are returning for revenge. So... the Lords are the women? Or the Lords are the inquisitors who put the witches on trial? If so, why are they using witchcraft to come back to life? I thought witchcraft was bad? And just how are they doing this while they're still dead anyway? Have they got a DeLorean?

  • June 20, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I will watch this movie. Awesome idea.

    by JediRob

  • June 20, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "I hate how much of a pussy he has become"

    by buggerbugger

    To conquer pussy, you must **become** pussy.

  • June 20, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Sad News

    by DrEdwardMorbius

    So sad...Richard Lynch has passed away... He was in everything in the 70s-80s from Battlestar (original) to Buck Rogers to A-Team to Knight Rider to Six Million, etc... awesome go-to-guy for a great, intimidating bad guy...

  • June 20, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    How about a White Zombie reunion instead.

    by elsewhere

  • June 20, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    America's favorite headbanging homeless horror hipster

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    So very very tired of this guy's shtick. Somebody should eat that guy's face off. And then his airhead wife could donate part of her ass to help with the reconstructive facial surgery and then Werner Herzog could film the whole thing as a documentary and it could play out of competition at Cannes.

  • June 20, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie = no talent

    by smudgewhat

    look it up in the dicktionary and you'll see. yeah i don't care that that doesn't make any sense. so's your face.

  • Never knew hockey was so...popular. *scoffs*

  • June 20, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    A much needed break...

    by Mrhazard

    Take all the time you need :)

  • June 20, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    RE: "How about a White Zombie reunion instead"

    by Stalkeye

    that makes more sense than what he's doing now b/c his interpetation of Halloween sucks Demon Dick. Well, at least i have all WZ's songs including the unrealesed material like let Sleeping Corpes Lie. "Man who laughs sounds like a cool intro title for a James Bond film".

  • June 20, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    The Devil's Rejects lifts from Empire Strikes Back

    by oh_riginal

    Rebels found by Empire and evacuate their base after being attacked = Firefly's found by police and flee after their house is raided. Han Solo and co. hide out in a cave inside an asteroid = Firefly's hide in a motel room. Darth Vader hires bounty hunters to assist in the hunt for the Millenniun Falcon = Sheriff Rydell hires two bounty hunters to track the Firefly's. Han Solo seeks shelter from old friend, Lando, in Cloud City, but is betrayed by Lando and captured by Boba Fett and Darth Vader = The Firefly's seek shelter in an old friend's whorehouse, only to be betrayed by the friend and captured by the two bounty hunters and Rydell. Lando has a change of heart and decides to save Leia and co. = Friend of the Firefly's returns to help free the Firefly's. Everything between these events are different, as well as the ending. But it's pretty obvious Rob Zombie was watching Empire Strikes Back when he wrote The Devil's Rejects. Hell, he even has dialogue about C-3PO in the movie!

  • June 20, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Nothing will top GOON!

    by DrPain

    Not just a great hockey film but a great film in general. Why isn't Sean William Scott or the movie itself getting a ton of awards??

  • June 20, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Kidd is getting better

    by 2soon2eat

    I commend the kidd on his posting frequency, but some of his article's have been a little lacking. He's starting to come into his own now. Good for you, Billy. This project sounds interesting, to....er, I mean "too."

  • June 20, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie's movies blow!! This guy is a hack!!

    by BilboRing

    White Zombie was a pretty good band. Once he went out on his own he has sucked balls forever and a day. His movies all sucked balls.

  • June 20, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    drpain

    by BillyBrown66

    Agreed! Goon was awesome. Didn't expect to like it that much. Took me by surprise.

  • June 20, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Go Flyers. That is all.

    by phifty2

    Oh, and fuck the Devils.

  • June 20, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Born and raised in Philly, diehard Flyers fan

    by Kammich

    I am only 24, so I wasn't even remotely close to being alive for the heyday of the Bullies, but my father had season tickets and skipped school to attend the Cup parade on Broad and Pattison. He raised me on the stories of Clarkey, The Hammer, Moose and Bernie... and I've since grown up with a great appreciation for the stylistic and strategic beauty of the game of hockey--all the while wishing I was alive for the days when it was just mutton-chopped, helmet-less thugs exercising a game of intimidation. Zombie has been kind of hit-and-miss for me, but this clearly seems to settle into his niche. The guy has a knack for the 70s aesthetic, and 1974 was a time in American culture that should be ripe for some thematic wringing, on and off of the ice. The greatest asset that Zombie could be afforded is a great script, because there were so many great characters on that roster(and even the front office) that it could be a field day for an ensemble cast if written properly. I got my filmic jollies from seeing Vince Papale's story up on the big screen with "Invincible," but I'm even more excited for this movie now.

  • June 20, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Do you guys remember Hell's Jury on The Simpsons?

    by hallmitchell

    Who was it? John Dillinger, Lizzie Borden and The the 1976 Flyers lineup! LOL.

  • June 20, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Rob can direct. It's just his scripts that suck.

    by hallmitchell

    That's all the work he needs to improve on.

  • June 20, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Have zero faith in him

    by MainMan2001

    His horror movies are completely terrible! Halloween was utter garage and nasty in such a mean spirited way. Awful.

  • June 20, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Is Jason Voorhees in it?

    by MrCus976

  • June 20, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I Need a Biopic of the 86 Mets.

    by BigTuna

    Half the team was on coke and they slipped some to Buckner in game 6 of the world series.

  • June 20, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing his wife will be in this as well?

    by Krendlers Membrane

    No brainer.

  • The film covers the rise of the AFL, the merger with the NFL, the emergence of the Raiders as the most hated team of the 70's, ending with the "end of an era" as the team relocates to L.A. Ed O'Neill as Al Davis Phillip Seymour Hoffman as John Madden Ryan Gosling as Ken Stabler Forest Whitaker as Art Shell Idris Elba as Jack Tatum (I have faith he could pull it off.)

  • ...And everyone's already passing a final verdict. Devil's Rejects was pretty good except for an ending that just kind of wandered aimlessly until a fun closing scene. House was gaudy in a fun way and I haven't bothered with the Halloween remakes because what kind of asshole goes to see those. If you hate remakes so much, stop throwing money at them. Anyways, even Kubrick's first few movies were shit. It's impossible to really judge any artist with such finality so early in their career.

  • June 20, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    THE DEVIL'S REJECTS is fantastic horror/exploitation

    by la_sith

    Sick, twisted and lovely. Absolutely fantastic. It'll be hard for him to top that. His HALLOWEEN remake is a total mess, but I thought Rob's HALLOWEEN II is unfairly maligned. It's the first HALLOWEEN movie since HALLOWEEN III to really do something unique and different (and no, those sequels with the Thorn Cult are not unique).

  • June 20, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    He should re-do Halloween III next, Silver Shamrock and all.

    by MCVamp

    HURRY UP IT'S HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HURRY UP IT'S HALLOWEEN SILVER SHAMROCK!

  • June 20, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie Takes A Break From SHIT To Make SHIT!!

    by DickBallsworth

    There. Fixed.

  • June 20, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    no, he's actually doing "prometheus 2" next !! LOL !

    by Spaced_Invader

  • The Devil's Rejects was a long time ago.

  • Devil's Rejects has a few cool moments but everything else he makes is like throwing fecal matter in the air and pointing the camera at it. Maybe if Broad Street Bullies turns out less than deplorable he should consider giving up on the piss-poor attempts at horror films and just be a more mainstream director. Lords of Salem sounds and looks absolutely retarded as well.

  • June 20, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Oh and leave your fucking moronic wife out of this one PLEASE

    by Russell

  • June 21, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST

    HEY KIDD - GET YOURSELF A FUCKING COPY EDITOR.

    by Joe Dissolvo

    I can't believe the articles you put up sometimes. So many goddamned typos and sentences that don't make fucking sense.

  • June 21, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie took a break from quality a long time ago

    by javery56

  • Yup. This is a guy who, thinking it was silly that Michael Myers knew how to drive, had the guy shuffle-walk 150 miles home in a night, then carry a huge fucking gravestone around town because he didn't have a car-boot to place it in. Oh, and he came up with an awesome reason why Michael Myers decided to wear a mask on Halloween, because just wearing a mask on Halloween made no logical sense in and of itself. To quote Anthony Hopkins in 'The Elephant Man': "The man's a complete idiot."

  • June 21, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    The headline is wrong...

    by DuncanDisorderly

    It should say "Rob Zombie takes a break from fucking-up horror movies to begin fucking-up a Hockey movie, instead".

  • June 21, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    wcwlkr, I second that 90s Cowboys film. Go Big D!

    by kidicarus

  • June 21, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Also, how are hockey movies so much better than the actual sport?

    by kidicarus

  • June 21, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    @mcvamp, that's a heck of a great cast list for a Raiders film.

    by kevred

    Well done. HBO, get on that right away, I'd say.

  • June 21, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Nothing will top GOON? HA HA HA HA HA HA

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Slapshot is THE HOCKEY MOVIE. It is the Citizen Kane of hockey movies. The second best hockey movie is Miracle about the 1980s US Olympic hockey team. Then GOON. I love the idea of a Flyers hockey movie. Could be great but not so sure about Zombie....

  • June 21, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Oakland Raiders biopic

    by Liquid Meddle

    We don't have George Burns around to play Al Davis, so it couldn't work. The Crypt Keeper also retired from acting.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Kidd, you will hate it

    by Jack

    if it is horror, hockey or Ms. Zombie naked.