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Rob Zombie (formerly the lead singer of the band White Zombie), made his directorial debut in 2003 with 'House of 1000 Corpses.' From that point on, he's been garnering largely mixed reactions from critics and horror fans alike. This divergence of response only became more pronounced when he remade one of the greatest horror films of all time: 'Halloween.' Now it looks as if Zombie wants to venture into a different genre. He has just singed on to write, produce, and direct 'Broad Street Bullies.' The film will center on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers, a hockey team as renowned for inflicting pain as they were winning championships. Zombie has described the project as 'Rocky' meets 'Boogie Nights' on ice. Comparisons to 'Slap Shot' are also unavoidable. Zombie apparently has the support of the Flyers organization. No word yet on when production will begin.
I am extremely conflicted about this project. On the one hand, I am not what you would call a Rob Zombie fan. More to the point, I think he's a terrible filmmaker and his butchering of 'Halloween' left a sour taste in my mouth. However, I love the idea of doing a movie about the Broad Street Bullies. Especially after seeing Michael Dowse's supremely funny 'Goon,' my desire for more violent hockey comedies has skyrocketed. The idea of every single member of the team being a scrappy, mean-spirited, but ultimately lovable bastard is more than a bit enticing. I just hope Zombie can do something other than make them all dirty trailer trash serial killers on skates. I will say that I'm happy he's stepping outside his typical wheelhouse and trying something new, maybe it's just what he needs to break himself of some of his unfortunate tropes.
What do you guys think? Can Zombie pull this off? Any hockey fans out there in Spill Land?