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Following the pulling of advertisements promoting the controversial thriller, “The Hunt” in the wake of both the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings, Universal Pictures announced today they are canceling the release of the provocative drama altogether. “The Hunt” comes from filmmaker Craig Zobel, co-writer Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “Prometheus,” HBO’s upcoming “Watchmen”re-imagining) and producer Jason Blum of the esteemed horror/thriller production house Blumhouse Pictures (“The Purge,” “Get Out,” “Us“).
The film follows twelve strangers who mysteriously wake up in a clearing, unaware of how they got there. They soon discover that they have been chosen to be hunted in a game devised by a group of rich elites. Aka, it’s sort of a riff on “The Most Dangerous Game,” a famous 1930s film where rich, bored people hunt human beings for sport, but obviously with a socio-political twist that’s a little too hot-topic-relevant for today apparently.
Universal - Statement - Today
Universal released a statement today which reads as follows:
“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.”
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