Universal bosses scrap 'The Hunt' release following America's mass shootings
Universal Pictures has decided not to go ahead with the release of The Hunt in the wake of recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
The satirical horror movie centres around a group of liberals who hunt and kill Donald Trump supporters for sport. And so, its intended September release was deemed insensitive following the recent tragedies which saw 30 people lose their lives in separate shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on the weekend of August 3-4.
The attacks took place within 24 hours of each other, with the Texas shooting having occurred on August 3, and the Ohio shooting 13 hours later on August 4.
Take a look a the trailer for The Hunt:
"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 statement from Universal Pictures reads. "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."
And people had quite the reaction to the news:
The announcement comes after President Trump appeared to bring the film to task on Twitter - although he didn't name the project.
"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," he tweeted. "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 (sic), and are very bad for our Country!"
Starring Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin and Emma Roberts, directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof -the film was originally set for release on 27 September.