Ads for Universal’s political satire film “The Hunt”, which according to The Hollywood Reporter is about “a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals,” have been pulled after last weekend’s mass shootings.
Apparently, some of the executives were concerned about the subject matter last year, but that didn’t stop the studio from going ahead with the feature.
The Hunt made some executives at Universal skittish back in May 2018, when film chief Donna Langley acquired the script and fast-tracked it at a modest $18 million budget. It is unclear whether there were any other bidders on the property, the sale of which was brokered by CAA, but insiders at several studios told THR at the time that they did not pursue it because of the explosive premise. One executive says he didn’t even read the script, noting, “The idea seemed crazy.”
The outlet also reports that the script “features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. “War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.”
It’s uncertain if it will see it’s release date of Sept. 27th now. Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts and Glenn Howerton all star in the film.