The Hunt is a 2020 American action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. The cast of the film consists of Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Hilary Swank, Glenn Howerton, Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, and Amy Madigan.
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.
During the weekend of August 3, 2019 after people were killed or wounded in an attack at a store in El Paso, TX and another shooting just over a half day later in Dayton, OH, ESPN pulled an ad for the movie that they had previously cleared for broadcast. However, AMC still broadcast an ad for the movie during the season premiere of The Preacher. Universal Pictures announced they would be re-evaluating the marketing of the movie and removed some broadcast and online advertisements.
Following messages by U.S. President Donald Trump on August 9th where he did not specifically name The Hunt but described a film to be released as being made "in order to inflame and cause chaos", Universal decided to cancel the release of the film.. Even before the decision, the film drew criticism due to the timing of the film's then-upcoming release and the deaths of people in recent mass shootings.
- "Universal Scraps 'The Hunt' Release Following Gun Violence Uproar", The Hollywood Reporter, August 10, 2019
- "Ads Pulled for Gory Universal Thriller 'The Hunt' in Wake of Mass Shootings", The Hollywood Reporter, August 6, 2019
- Tweets by Donald Trump about The Hunt, August 9, 2019
- "Trump's Apparent Interest in 'The Hunt' Follows Heavy Fox News Coverage", The Hollywood Reporter, August 9, 2019