Why ‘The Hunt’ Film Won’t Be Released

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2019

Universal Pictures has shelved an upcoming film due to political and social controversy. The production company behind the film is Blumhouse, who also produce the politically-charged The Purge films. After a surge of mass shootings in the United States and, specifically, extremely violent and fatal massacres in Texas and OH, a modern reimagining of the story seems perhaps too real.

The film was slated for release on September 27, and there's no information yet as to whether Universal will release the film at a later date.

The studio released the following statement this morning: "While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has made a decision to cancel our plans to release the film".

The movie was set to reflect the division in USA politics, following liberal elites as they hunt and kill "deplorables" (a term used by Hillary Clinton to describe Trump supporters) for sport. In the film, Gilpin and Swank find themselves on the opposite sides of the political spectrum, with both women fighting for their lives. On Friday (August 9), the president wrote on Twitter: "Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!"

"They stated that the release would be postponed but with the 2020 elections looming, there is virtually no chance "The Hunt" would ever be released before 2021 and by that time, the social/political environment will have changed (for better or worse) making The Hunt seem like yesterday's news". I can't comprehend the violence happening in our county right now. It is a choice that I also personally felt was necessary. "We should all focus on healing, and above all else, kindness, sensitivity and humanity".

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