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Universal Pulls Release Of The Hunt After Recent Mass Shootings

August 10, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Universal Pictures has announced that they are cancelling the release of Blumhouse Studios’ The Hunt, an upcoming horror film with social satire mixed in. Judging by the plot, it looks to be a modern update on Richard Connell’s 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” itself adapted into film several times.

Universal said: “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. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.

According to Deadline, the decision was a collective one from Universal executives, led by Donna Langley, and the filmmakers who made The Hunt, as a response to last week’s horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Gilroy, California and Dayton, Ohio.

At this time it’s unknown if the movie will see theatrical release at a later time or simply be put on hold until NBCUniversal launches its streaming service in April 2020.

The film was steeped in polital overtones, as it features twelve conversative strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being hunted by liberals. Ads have already been pulled for the film, including from ESPN (who previously approved it), although AMC still aired on during the season premiere of Preacher.

President Donald Trump went after Hollywood yesterday, claiming that they were making “dangerous” movies. Some believe he was referring to this movie. He said: “You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out — it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disturbance to our country.

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