Universal said NO to The Hunt amidst mass shootings and Trump criticism

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Following the gun violence uproar in Texas, California, and Ohio, Universal Pictures announced its decision to not release The Hunt, a Craig Zobel film which had been set to hit the screens on Sept 27.

The announcement of the Studio comes a day after the remarkable criticism from Donald Trump on the movie as well as the Hollywood, though he didn’t mention the upcoming thriller directly. “Liberal Hollywood”, he says, “is Racist at the highest level and with anger and hate! The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”. 

The Hunt is an R-rated satire from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions which is quite violent in nature. The movie follows a series of mass shootings across the country where a group of individuals- MAGA types, who wake up in a clearing realizes that they are being haunted for sports by elite liberals.

Written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse, the lead characters who are representing opposite sides of the political divide are starred by Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank. 

Even before Trump’s comment, the movie triggered an outcry across social media over gun violence. When ESPN pulled an ad for the film several networks had entered into the conversation which results in the clearing of the ad. Later on, Universal pulled all spots.

As per one studio source,” This was a decision that the studio came to with The Hunt filmmaking team, but ultimately it was about making the right decision, right now. It was a tough call for the company, but studio leadership, led by Donna Langley, all agreed that this film could wait”. 

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