Rob Zombie is directing a film on the Broad Street Bullies. / Matt Carr, Getty Images
PHILADELPHIA - For six years, heavy metal legend Rob Zombie was a Los Angeles Kings season ticket holder and went to every game.
"And then I moved," the 48-year-old, who is now a director, said. "And then they won the Cup. So, I missed it all. Great."
But don't call him a fan of the Kings. Zombie grew up outside of Boston, rooting for the Bruins. He was even wearing a black and gold jersey in his kindergarten photo.
The allegiance wore off when the founding member of 1980s metal band White Zombie saw the Broad Street Bullies. Now he is making a film about the team that beat the Bruins in the 1974 Stanley Cup Final.
"It's the greatest sports story ever not told," said Zombie, who recently finished writing the script. "It's been told other ways, but not film. I had to do it. It reads like fiction. It's so incredible."
With Broad Street Bullies Bob Kelly, Bernie Parent and Gary Dornhoefer standing behind him, Zombie envisioned his movie being much like a very popular film in Philadelphia history.
"It's almost like 'Rocky,' but it's real," Zombie said. "When you watch 'Rocky,' you go, 'God, I wish that was real.' It's sort of like 'Boogie Nights' meets 'Rocky.' I know from the five-minute conversation (with the former players) there's a lot of good stuff besides hockey going on."
Filming is scheduled to begin next fall and will be predominantly done in Philadelphia.
"I don't know if we'll shoot all of it here, because we need to find a rink that looks like the Spectrum," Zombie said. "I don't know what we're gonna do yet."
As for fans wondering who in Hollywood could possibly play a young Bob Kelly, the verdict is still out. That doesn't stop his former teammates from making pitches, though.
"I had a suggestion," Parent said.
"Don't go down that road," Kelly warned.
"Danny DeVito could play Bob," Parent said, unable to keep a straight face. "Just kidding, of course."
"Yeah," Dornhoefer quipped, "and Moses could play you."
Dave Isaac writes for the (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post
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