A day after Donald Trump threw a tantrum connecting three mass shootings to an upcoming low-budget movie, and claiming that Hollywood filmmakers are the real racist menace in the U.S., Universal has temporarily canceled the release of the tongue-in-cheek Hillary Swank thriller, The Hunt.
The studio had already halted the movie’s advertising amid conservative complaints that it featured “elites” hunting down “deplorables” for sport, which had Trump crying, “The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true racists, and are very bad for our country!”
While Universal said in a statement today, “[W]e understand that now is not the right time to release the film,” and a source tells the Hollywood Reporter, “this film could wait,” it seems unlikely that there will ever be a right time for The Hunt to hit theaters this year. With an estimated budget of just $15 million, the modest satire was set for release on September 27, when it would have faced off against non-competitors like Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland bio, Judy, and the children’s movie Abominable.
If released in October, The Hunt would compete with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Zombieland: Double Tap, Terminator: Dark Fate, Joker, and Will Smith’s Gemini Man. November would have it vying for viewers alongside Charlie’s Angels, The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, and Midway.
And forget December, when studios drop their Oscar hopefuls, not to mention Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. In fact, this weekend’s press might be more valuable than any ads Universal could have purchased for The Hunt. Look for it soon on a streaming service near you.
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