In terms of filmmaking, Rob Zombie’s style tends to fall into the hyper-violent “love it or hate it” side of things. So when he signed on to direct an epic telling the story of the 70s Flyers, the reaction was, well, mixed. Now, though, that film appears to be on the back burner.
Zombie confirmed that he’s shelving the project for now, saying essentially that something else has come up. And, in fact, it has—Zombie will be working instead on a film that he says “fans of the other stuff will like.” So, you know, it’s a horror film. And the Flyers aren’t in it.
As he told New Zealand’s 3 News:
“I’d been working on this hockey film for over two years, it took so much research and work, and I was literally sitting with someone going, ‘You know, I have this other idea…’ And I said the idea and they go, ‘We’ll make that!’ And I put together a one-line pitch, because I didn’t want to go to pitch meetings and do all that. I’d call them on the phone and go, “Here’s my idea, blah blah blah,’ and they’re like, ‘We’re in!’ So you slave over something for years and it’s still difficult, and you say some crazy thing off the top of your head and they say ‘Where do we sign?’ And that turned into a weird bidding war. And that became the next film.”
There you have it: no Flyers for Philly, no Flyers for no one—but everyone can have a new scary movie. Which is cool, I guess. But, really, this especially is a shame for Philadelphia as a city, with Zombie already having said he hopes to shoot most of the movie here.
The bigger tragedy, though, is that we won’t get to see the epic tale of the Flyers-Bruins Cup battle of 1974 on screen anytime soon. That the film focuses on center Bobby Clarke makes it the perfect underdog story—one we’d collectively eat up. Another horror film? Not so much.
You have dashed our dreams, Mr. Zombie. Please make this right.