Just days after deciding to pull ads from its upcoming movie “The Hunt,” which depicts liberal “elites” hunting “deplorables,” Universal Pictures announced Saturday that it will not release the film.
The film was scheduled to be released as an R-rated “satire” in September. It was produced by Jason Blum, who produced the films, “The Purge” and “Get Out.”
The studio released a statement on the movie’s website saying the timing wasn’t right for the film to be released in the wake of the recent mass shootings.
“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,”it said in a statement on the film’s website.
The movie’s trailer has already been removed from YouTube.
“In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all,” the movie’s website stated before the movie was pulled.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, according to the Hollywood Reporter, one character asks early in the screenplay, “Did anyone see what our ratf*cker-in-chief just did?" Another character responds: "At least The Hunt's coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables."
The Hollywood Reporter described the script as such on Tuesday:
The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it's his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. "War is war," says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.