'The Hunt' Movie Scrapped After Backlash and Recent Mass Shootings

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 14, 2019

Following a series of mass shootings across the country - most notably, the Dayton, Ohio; Gilroy, California; and El Paso, Texas incidents - Universal Pictures has chose to pull the plug on The Hunt, which was set to release next month on September 27th.

The announcement comes one day after Trump criticized the filmmakers in a series of tweets.

Universal Pictures has cancelled the release of its new controversial film "The Hunt" as scheduled in the wake of the recent deadly mass shootings and criticism against Hollywood by US President Donald Trump.

The Hollywood Reporter, citing details in the film's screenplay, reported earlier this week that a character at one point called the people being hunted "deplorables".

I will go out on a limb and guess that Universal executives shelved the movie because of Trump's suggestion that film violence contributes to real violence, for which Hollywood liberals "then try to blame others".

"What they're doing, with the kind of movie they're putting out, it's actually very risky for our country".

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The Hunt was the latest from Blumhouse Productions, the company behind such cult hits as Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Get Out. A Universal Pictures representative did not return an email seeking comment. But the elites' master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin), knows The Hunters' game better than they do.

"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". The ideological divisions in the USA are a big source of strife these days, but releasing a movie like The Hunt just a month after the summer's spate of grisly shootings would've been tone-deaf.

The El Paso attack happened in a Walmart store, and another recent shooting killed two employees at a Mississippi Walmart.

Actor and musician Ish Morris expressed a similar thought, tweeting that "so they cancel the The Hunt film release cuz of gun violence in the USA, but don't cancel the actual guns?"

With trailers already on the web, the movie's dialog seemed to confirm that the current, tense environment might not be a good moment to endorse any kind of human hunting, whether from the right or left of the political spectrum.

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