After mass shootings and criticisms by Donald Trump, Universal finally decided to withdraw Craig Zobel's The Hunt . Of course, the film was supposed to inspire the audience by engaging in our current political climate, but in a recent interview, Zobel said he never wanted the movie to be anything but a sharp commentary.
The film revolved around a group of powerful elites chasing unsuspecting, abducted people who are said to be "lamentable" in the script – written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. "Our goal was to work both sides of the aisle alike," Zobel told Variety. "We want to entertain and unite, not anger and split. It's up to the audience to decide what to take with them. "The piece" Variety "reminds us, however, that the film was not yet in the phase in which it was shown for critics.
Universal has not shown the movie for critics yet. So the political content of the final cut is still largely speculative. An early draft of the Variety script makes it clear that the original intention was to portray conservatives of the working class as heroes. They are kidnapped and hunted by "liberal elites", one of whom says climate change is real before blowing up his victim. One of the good guys talks about the "Deep State" and another fantasizes about continuing "Hannity" to expose the conspiracy.
Zobel in turn said the decision to stop the film was difficult given the choice of studio under the circumstances:
I was devastated when I went to El Paso and woke up with Dayton.
Such moments happen too often. After these terrible events, we immediately thought about what it means for the timing of our movie. After making inaccurate assumptions about the content and intent of the film, I supported the decision to remove the film from its release date about our polarized society:
I wanted to make an entertaining action thriller that shared this moment in our Mocking culture – assuming that we know the beliefs of someone, on the basis of which & # 39; Team & # 39; we believe they are a member … and then start screaming at them. Judging from this rush is one of the most important problems of our time.
It is unclear in the future what will become of the film and whether Universal will feel that it should ever be released in cinemas or at home. That's a shame, considering we could all see more of Betty Gilpin kicking us in the ass.
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