In the wake of what is being considered significant backlash, Universal Pictures has officially announced that the studio has indeed canceled the September 27th release of its highly controversial film “The Hunt.” The plot of the film is being billed as depicting those of privilege on vacation hunting deplorables—for sport.
In a conversation on Wednesday with Fox News, Universal Pictures, owned by NBC, stated they would put the marketing campaign for the movie on a “temporary pause.” The decision came quickly on the heels of a trio of mass shootings that gripped the headlines in as many weeks—those in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Gilroy, California. Although they did state they were putting the marketing on pause, the studio at that time did not verify any plans of shelving the movie itself.
It goes without saying, that a statement made to Fox News, by a spokesperson connected with Universal Pictures, said: “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for ‘The Hunt,’ after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.”
The statement went on to say that the studio would continue to stand by its filmmakers and would proudly continue to distribute films by bold and visionary creators. However, it was acknowledged that now was not the most advantageous time for the release of this film.
According to a source close to Universal, the production studio felt it was much more important to do what was right, and releasing this movie during this current climate was not appropriate. As of this writing, the studio was not very forthcoming on the plans they hade for ‘The Hunt.’ It may still be released, but not onto the big screen. The prevailing theory is it will go straight to video or moved to a streaming service.
As for the plot of the movie itself, Universal actually billed the film as a take on satire. The satire is a little bit of stretch, as the main characters in the film are wealthy liberal thrill-seekers who pay to attend a hunt, on a remote five-star resort, where they track down and kill designated humans.
However, what moviegoers may not realize is that the “deplorables” in the story are billed as conservative republicans—or ‘MAGA’ types—as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. One character’s quoted as saying: “Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”