Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Watch trailer for ‘The Hunt,’ the controversial film slammed by Trump

Watch trailer for ‘The Hunt,’ the controversial film slammed by Trump

Universal previous year scrapped the planned September release of its political satire The Hunt after controversy erupted over reports about its plot, which The Hollywood Reporter at the time wrote involved elites hunting "deplorables".

Friday the 13th just got a little crazier.

"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 spokesperson said in a statement. But on Tuesday, the studio released a trailer announcing a March 13 release date.

The film's debut was canceled in the wake of several mass shootings and criticism about its premise, including from President Donald Trump.

"You talk about racist - Hollywood is racist". "They like to call themselves 'Elite, ' but they are not Elite". "In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite". "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".

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"The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos", tweeted Trump at the time, without referring to "The Hunt" by name. The controversial thriller - which stars Oscar victor Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin of "GLOW", Emma Roberts of "American Horror Story" and more - focuses on a group of liberals who hunt conservatives for sport.

From the looks of the new footage, there's more to the story than that (some of what is shown appears slightly spoilery), and it'll be interesting to see how some corners react, and whether leaning into the controversy in the marketing helps. They don't know they've been chosen... for a very specific objective ...

He added, "The movie was actually pretty balanced in terms of the shots that it took".

As yet, there is no scheduled date for release in the United Kingdom or Australia. "It excoriates that behavior and, more importantly, it has fun in the process", continued Lindelof, who co-wrote the project's screenplay with Nick Cuse (Netflix's Maniac).

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