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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Rob Zombie to produce Flyers film

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The Philadelphia Flyers' legendary Broad Street Bullies apparently will be portrayed from the unique perspective of Rob Zombie.

The popular heavy metal musician and film director will produce a film about the Flyers' fabled championship teams entitled "Broad Street Bullies," according to a report on deadline.com.

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Zombie also will direct and write the film, the website reported. He recently acquired the rights to the story about the 1970s Stanley Cup-winning teams and also received the full support of the Flyers organization, according to deadline.com.

"Each character involved is more outrageous than the next," Zombie told the website. "The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this 'stranger than fiction' sports tale."

The Broad Street Bullies -- also the subject of a 2010 HBO documentary -- ruled the ice with a ready-to-rumble style that made them loved in Philadelphia and loathed throughout the rest of the NHL.

The Flyers won their only two Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975 with teams featuring Hall of Famers Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Bernie Parent and enforcer Dave Schultz.

"The great Rob Zombie making a drama feature film about the Broad Street Bullies is exciting and thrilling for all of us," Clarke, the Flyers' current senior vice president, told deadline.com. "I look forward to seeing it."

Known for his popular horror films such as "House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects" and a reimagining of "Halloween," Zombie will produce "Broad Street Bullies" with Andy Gould, Les Borsai and Jeremy Platt, according to the website.