Universal Pictures has canceled theatrical release for The Hunt, starring Betty Gilpin, just over a month before its debut.
The Blumhouse-produced thriller was set to hit theaters on September 27th, now that is no longer the case. In an update on the film’s official website, the Universal Pictures stated the following.
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. 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 studio’s decision comes after the mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Its story follows twelve strangers that wake up in a clearing and realize they are being hunted by “elites”. It is not clear when the film will be released, if at all, but the filmmakers believe that now is not the time.
President Trump also recently slammed Hollywood and, in particular, The Hunt. Instead of doing something about gun violence in the United States, the President criticized the film with inaccurate remarks.
The film stars Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, and Ike Barinholtz. Jason Blum produces through Blumhouse Productions from a script by Watchmen’s Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse.
The Hunt currently no longer has a release date.
SOURCE: UNIVERSAL PICTURES