Universal began its marketing for The Hunt with the release of its first trailer on July 30, just days after a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival occurred on July 28, resulting in four deaths (including the gunman) and 13 other injuries at the California festivity. The tragedy resulted in a public outcry regarding gun violence and U.S. laws to carry them, including some aim taken at The Hunt as well. Following were two more fatal shootings: one in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, resulting in ten deaths (also including the shooter) and 27 injuries; and the El Paso, Texas shooting, which happened just 13 hours later when a gunman murdered 22 people and injured 24 others in a Walmart. President Donald Trump reportedly took aim at The Hunt on Friday over Twitter with the following tweets:
While President Trump doesn’t name The Hunt specifically, many believe the film sparked his comments, which were made just a day before Universal’s announcement to pull the movie. It’s currently unclear whether it will ever hit theaters. In Deadline’s report, it says the movie may find a place on Comcast’s upcoming streaming service someday. The thriller is directed by Craig Zobel, who previously helmed 2012’s Compliance and Z for Zachariah in 2015. The Hunt is written by Netflix’s Maniac writer Nick Cuse and Lost writer Damon Lindelof. The pair have also teamed up before for The Leftovers and HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series. The film stars GLOW’s Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, This is Us’ Justin Hartley and Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz. The Hunt leaves behind its September 27 release date, but Judy Garland biopic Judy and DreamWorks’ Abominable will come to theaters on that date.
"Avatar." Director James Cameron, known for being tough on set, allegedly kept a nail-gun on set that he would use to nail cell phones, that had the misfortune of ringing, to a wall above the exit sign.