American film studio, the Universal Pictures has pulled the release of the film The Hunt after a series of mass shootings and criticism from the US President Donald Trump. The film is of a satirical genre in which the liberals hunt the supporters of Trump and kill them for sport and was due to be released on September 27, 2019.
The makers of the film had is already put on hold after the EI Paso and Dayton shootings. The production said that the decision was made after a thoughtful consideration. The storyline of The Hunt is intended to reflect the divided nature of the US politics. One of the trailer of the film was pulled by ESPN. Reports said that it was said to open with the sound resembling an emergency broadcast signal.
A leading daily said that the liberal characters refer to their prey as deplorables, which is a term used by Hillary Clinton to describe some of Mr. Trump’s fans in the run up to the 2016 elections. Without mentioning the name of the film, Mr. Trump Tweeted about an upcoming Hollywood release and said, “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 statement from Universal mentioned, “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.” The Hunt has Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Justin Harley and Glen Howerton playing important roles and is helmed by Craig Zobel. The film is produded by Jason Blum and Damon Lindelof and Universal acquired the rights of the film with a script from Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof.
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