Universal Cancels 'The Hunt' Release After Mass Shootings, Political Controversy, and Uproar

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by Ethan Anderton

It has not even been two weeks since Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the satirical action thriller The Hunt, but the studio has decided to scrap the release of the movie starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank after a series of mass shootings, political controversy and uproar surrounding the premise of the series. In recent days, outlets like Fox News came down on the movie, prompting Donald Trump to angrily tweet about it too. And it does not help that this violent movie, , though satirical, comes after the deadly mass shoitings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

What most frustrating about this is that the movie directed by Craig Zobel and written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse has suddenly been used as a political weapon, somehow illustrating that liberals just want to inflict violence on conservatives. 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. It was a tough call for the company, but studio leadership, led by Donna Langley, all agreed that this film could wait. 'As of now there no word on when The Hunt might get released in theaters or if it will end up going straight to video.

Published on August 11, 2019
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  • political controversy
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  • betty gilpin
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