President Donald Trump, long known for his sensitivity to social satire and nuanced political commentary, recently decried the release of Universal Pictures’ dark comedy The Hunt and now the studio has shelved the picture.
A sort of redux of The Most Dangerous Game but with liberal elites apparently hunting MAGA-types for sport, the President accused the film as an attempt by “Liberal Hollywood” to “inflame and cause chaos.” The President’s tweets come after the deadly mass shootings the cost dozens of lives in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
“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,” read a statement on the studios’ website and widely reported in the press.
Co-written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and starring Hilary Swank and Emma Roberts, the film was directed by Craig Zobel who is perhaps best known for the art-house thriller Compliance and as a director for the Lindelof-led series The Leftovers.
The statement from Universal continued:
“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.”