August 15, 2019 | By Erich Schwartzel and R.T. Watson, The Wall Street Journal
Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures said it canceled the release of its thriller “The Hunt.” President Trump and other conservatives had called the movie inappropriate in the wake of two mass shootings and said its plot could incite violence.
The movie, made by Blumhouse Productions, had a story line that seemed designed to stoke political divisions in the country. It followed a team of jet-setting elites who hunt “normal folk” from states like Florida and Mississippi for sport.
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“We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film,” a Universal spokesman said Saturday.
It had been scheduled for release on Sept. 27. There are no current plans to release the film in theaters at a later date or send it straight to home video, according to a person familiar with the matter….
(Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article by Erich Schwartzel and R.T. Watson.)