AceShowbiz - "The Hunt", the movie thriller that was shelved last year over fears it would trigger violent clashes, will finally be released next month (March).
Following criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump and many of his Republican party leaders, movie bosses at Universal agreed to pull the film, which revolves around a group of wealthy liberals who hunt lower-class people they've kidnapped for sport.
The film's fiercest critics suggested the movie would "inflame and cause chaos" upon its release, but now Universal-Blumhouse executives are using the fuss to fuel interest in the film, sharing that "the most talked about movie of the year is one that no one's actually seen", according to Deadline.
"The Hunt" was originally set to open in August (19), shortly after mass shootings in Texas, Ohio, and California.
Movie bosses agreed it was the wrong time to release the film, but producer Jason Blum tells Deadline, "Enough time has passed and both Damon and I are proud of the movie. We feel comfortable for it to come out now."
"In the early marketing, people took away a different message. The movie is a satire and pokes fun at both sides, and the idea this time around in the marketing was to lean into that fact. The truth is no one has seen the movie - the people who judged the movie in any way, judged it without seeing it. I'm hoping that the people see the movie and decide for themselves."