Universal Pictures announced Saturday it’s halting the release of “The Hunt,” a political satire from horror master Jason Blum and starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.
The movie was originally slated to hit theaters Sept. 27.
The plot features “elites” hunting conservatives “for sport.”
“After thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a Universal Pictures spokesman told the Daily News.
The film’s marketing was put on hold after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio last week, a studio 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,” the statement, which dominates the movie’s homepage reads. “But we understand that now is not the right time release this film.”
The decision came less than 24 hours after President Trump attacked “Liberal Hollywood” onTwitter, calling the industry “Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!”
The president never specifically mentioned “The Hunt,” but the film has drawn rancor from “Fox and Friends” and other conservative outlets.
“A bunch of elites gathers … to hunt humans for sport,” reads Universal Pictures Canada’s description on YouTube.
In the trailer, Swank’s “elite” insists the targets are “not human beings.”
We were actually looking forward to seeing this one. If you haven’t — check out the trailer below!