Following the recent mass shootings, Universal Pictures has made the decision to halt the marketing and release of The Hunt, from director Craig Zobel and Blumhouse.
While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,“ the studio said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visonary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
You may be wondering what makes The Hunt so “controversial”. The film follows a group of wealthy people who kidnap victims and hunt humans for sport. Following the events that took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the studio has the right to pull The Hunt from release, but many people are already raising hell about it.
“In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a bunch of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.”
Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, and Amy Madigan also star.
Jason Blum (Get Out, The Purge) of Blumhouse produced The Hunt alongside Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) who also co-wrote the film.
Hopefully, an announcement will be made soon about the film being put back on the studio’s schedule.