‘The Hunt’: New Trailer & Release Date Arrives for Controversial Film That Was Cancelled

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A new trailer has arrived for The Hunt, a Blumhouse-produced action-thriller that now has a new release date and new promotional angle after being the subject of controversy that led to its original release being pulled.

The film follows twelve strangers that wake up in a clearing and find out that they’ve been chosen for “The Hunt.” The cause of all the hullabaloo, you see, is that the plot pits liberals against conservatives in a bloodbath. And the first trailer arrived in the wake of another mass shooting in the U.S. and high division in the country among the left and right.

Without even having seen the film, many media outlets in the U.S. jumped on the controversy bandwagon and even Trump tweeted out his outrage, saying that “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. […] They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”

And so…. the film was pulled from release the day after that tweet.

The Hunt is now back on, though. Universal has given the film a new release date and are smartly capitalising on all that publicity. “The most talked about movie of the year… is one that no one has actually seen,” reads a line that’s being used in the reworked marketing campaign. The film’s tone is quite different from the first trailer, too; this time the comedic and satirical elements are much more pronounced.

It looks like it could be a fun, bloody ride that pokes fun at the extreme side-taking that’s going on with politically-fueled agendas. Thank goodness that Universal decided no to wait too long to move ahead with release (the film was originally set to hit U.S. cinemas on September 27), because even if the film doesn’t work, we should be free to make up our own minds.

The film is directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance, Z for Zachariah) and features a cast that also includes GLOW star Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz and Macon Blair. The script comes from Damon Lindelof (Watchmen, World War Z) and fellow Leftovers writer Nick Cuse.

The Hunt will be arriving in Australia on March 12 and hitting the U.S. on March 13.

Official synopsis for The Hunt:

The most talked about movie of the year is the one nobody has seen … yet.


Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt.

In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.


From Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the HBO series Watchmen and co-creator of the TV series Lost, comes a timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation. Now, it’s time to decide for yourself.


The Hunt is written by Lindelof and his fellow Watchmen collaborator Nick Cuse and is directed by Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, The Leftovers). Blum produces for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof. The film is executive produced by Zobel, Cuse and Steven R. Molen.

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