Despite public outrage, this group of filmmakers doesn’t want to give up without a fight. In light of recent criticisms and mass shootings, Universal has canceled Blumhouse’s upcoming R-rated film, The Hunt, for an indefinite amount of time.
Initially, the reasoning behind this decision was unclear, however, it soon became clear that the distributor felt pressured to act upon the demands of political critics. In fact, the filmmakers even needed to tighten studio security following a series of death threats.
To give context, The film features Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, and Justin Hartley, amongst others. The plot centers around Betty Gilpin’s character fighting against the corrupt elite’s scheme to hunt lower-class individuals. The elite hunters call their prey “deplorable”, a direct reference to Hillary Clinton’s name for Donald Trump supporters in the 2016 Presidential Election.
However, much to everyone’s surprise, Blumhouse still wants to release the film. In a recent interview with Vulture, the company’s founder, Jason Blum, has expressed his hopes, saying that “[There’s] definitely a chance.”
It is important to note that this is coming in light of the tumultuous backlash the unreleased thriller has already put the company through. In fact, Blum went on to detail how much he loved the filming process:
If I was offered the choice to make the movie again, I would say yes. We definitely made marketing mistakes, and we made plenty of mistakes along the way. So I’ve learned a lot. It might change how I would position movies and how I would consult on the marketing of the movies. But actually the making of the movies? No.
While The Hunt’s future is unclear, there is still a chance that people will be seeing more of this film- politics and all. Certainly, the public’s reception is bound to be something.
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