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Universal cancels release of The Hunt after most recent gun violence

By Donnie Lederer
The Hunt

Universal Pictures has decided to cancel the release of its upcoming film The Hunt. The announcement was made Saturday.

The Hunt tells the story of 12 people who are captured and taken to a remote area where they are hunted for sport by rich elitists. The movie stars Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, and Emma Roberts.

Universal said in a statement: “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.”

The Hunt is directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof.