Satirical action thriller The Hunt has been cancelled without any indication of when it might make it to any type of screen. This is due, in part, to the most recent of the increasingly common mass shootings in the US.
The Hunt, a film about a group of people, from traditionally conservative states, being hunted for sport by a group of elites, was considered to be too violent and controversial for release in America’s current political climate. The trailer only came out two weeks ago and the film was set for a September release, but Universal has now paused the marketing campaign and scrapped the release in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
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.
This isn’t a situation where the studio is just being unnecessarily careful, The Hunt has already been weaponised by certain US news outlets as an example of how liberals just want to inflict violence on the conservatives. Seems they missed the bit in the trailer where the hunted become the hunters, flipping the tables on their tormentors, or maybe the part where it’s fiction.
The premise for the film isn’t new, it just happened to come out at the wrong time. Hopefully, The Hunt will appear on streaming services at some point, rather than being completely buried.