Universal Pictures has canceled the release of their upcoming thriller “The Hunt” as its plot could incite violence.
Universal Pictures has canceled the September release of “The Hunt” due to the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Before this Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for the film.
A spokesperson for Universal in a statement said, “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 movie was scheduled to release on Sept. 27.
President Trump and other conservatives had called the movie inappropriate in the wake of two mass shootings and said its plot could incite violence.
Trump further criticized Hollywood saying, “We’re going to be very tough with them. They’re treating conservatives very unfairly. Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
The film’s cast is led by “GLOW” Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Ike Barinholtz as strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being hunted for sport.
The Hunt, an upcoming American action thriller film which shows twelve strangers, many of them who belong to the working-class are chosen by a shadowy group of “elites” for a sadistic purpose.
Other cast members included Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, and Justin Hartley.