Universal Cancels The Hunt Film Release After Mass Shootings

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The studio made the announcement Saturday in a statement that read "While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has chose to cancel our plans to release the film".

A Universal Pictures source told the Hollywood Reporter that the decision to cancel the upcoming release of The Hunt "was a decision that the studio came to with The Hunt filmmaking team, but ultimately it was about making the right decision, right now".

In the wake of political uproar over the new thriller The Hunt, in which everyday people are kidnapped and hunted for sport by rich elites, Universal has announced it's canceling the release of the film. The tragedy resulted in a public outcry regarding gun violence and US laws to carry them, including some aim taken at The Hunt as well.

"Hollywood, I don't call them the elites".

"After thoughtful consideration, the studio has chose to cancel our plans to release the film", read Universal's statement.

The movie, which was directed by the talented Craig Zobel (Compliance) and scheduled to open in theaters on September 27, first ran into trouble when its ads - featuring plenty of gun violence - began getting pulled from theaters and television channels in the wake of the recent spree of deadly shootings throughout the country. I think the elites are the people they go after in many cases.

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The producers of the movie garnered extensive backlash after its promotion.

The move comes after NBC Universal Pictures made a decision to pull several ads for "The Hunt" from TV following the horrific mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The R-rated satire follows 12 individuals who awaken in a clearing, "Hunger Games"-style, only to realize they're being hunted for sport by elite liberals.

You talk about racism, Hollywood is racist!"

What's also interesting to note is that while it wasn't referred to by its name, just yesterday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to write that "a movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos".

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