The release of Damon Lindelof’s satirical thriller The Hunt has been scrapped by Universal following the recent shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

Directed by The Leftovers‘ Craig Zobel and starring Hilary Swank and Emma Roberts, The Hunt is an R-rated movie from Blumhouse Productions which follows 12 individuals who awake and realise they’re being stalked for sport by elite liberals.

It was originally scheduled for release on September 27.


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In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio said: “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.”

Emma Roberts in The Hunt

Choosing not to mention it in name, US President Donald Trump recently appeared to take aim at The Hunt and also the state of Hollywood on Twitter.

He tweeted: “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves “Elite,” but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite.

“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!”

It is unknown whether The Hunt will ever get a release.

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