Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.
Director: Craig Zobel
Writers: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts
Damon Lindelof is one of my favorite writers, didn't even know he was making this.27 September 2019 (USA)
Apparently they had to push off the promo run a little bit due to the shootings, wonder if the release date moves back too
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/08/mass-shootings-universal-blumhouse-the-hunt-marketingIn the Wake of Two Mass Shootings, Universal Pauses Marketing on The Hunt
After the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, Universal has chosen to pause marketing on its upcoming feature The Hunt, a thriller in which the wealthy elite hunt down other human beings for sport. The film's premise sounds a lot like The Purge meets "The Most Dangerous Game," and although its release is still set for September 27, the Wall Street Journal reports that the film's advertising is now under review.
A representative for Universal told the Journal: "Out of sensitivity to the attention on the country's recent shooting tragedies, Universal Pictures and the filmmakers of The Hunt have temporarily paused its marketing campaign and are reviewing materials as we move forward." Blumhouse produced both The Purge and The Hunt, and has made a reputation for churning out modestly budgeted hits. (The studio also produced Get Out and last year's Halloween reboot.)
In recent years Hollywood has delayed numerous releases in the wake of real-life violence. USA delayed the finale of Mr. Robot season one in 2015 after a violent on-air shooting in Virginia, and also postponed the premiere of the Ryan Phillippe drama Shooter multiple times due to violent massacres. Paramount's Heathers also pulled and edited episodes several times for the same reason-specifically school shootings-while American Horror Story: Cult edited a mass-shooting scene as a direct response to the Las Vegas shooting in 2017.
Although such instances seem to interfere with TV launch plans more often, films have faced similar delays as well. As the Journal notes, Warner Bros. pushed back the release of the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Collateral Damage in the wake of September 11, while a remake of Death Wish got postponed after the Las Vegas shooting as well. The tactic has become so common that in 2017, BoJack Horseman dedicated an entire episode to the phenomenon-and openly mocked its futility. Because as horrific as all of these shootings have been, the most recent ones will certainly not be the last ever-at least until something is done to address the factors that cause these massacres in the first place.
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/the-hunt-canceled-universal-betty-gilpin-hilary-swank-emma-roberts-1203298774/Universal Cancels 'The Hunt' Release
Universal Pictures has canceled the release of its upcoming thriller "The Hunt." The film was previously set to hit theaters Sept. 27.
"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, " a spokesperson for Universal said in a statement. "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."
Insiders tell Variety that the studio came to the decision alongside "The Hunt" filmmakers. They also said it was a tough decision for the company, but studio leadership ultimately determined that the film could wait.
Previously, Universal put a temporary halt on marketing for the film following a series of mass shootings. In the film's few marketing materials that did air, stars such as Betty Gilpin and Ike Barinholtz could be seen brandishing assault rifles and pistols while taking on a group of would-be hunters.
Other cast members included Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee and Justin Hartley. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse Productions alongside Damon Lindelof under his White Rabbit flag, and Craig Zobel directed.