Stu­dio cancels ‘The Hunt’ in wake of shoot­ings

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Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures has can­celed the planned Septem­ber re­lease of its con­tro­ver­sial so­cial thriller “The Hunt” in the wake of re­cent mass shoot­ings and crit­i­cism from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The movie is a gory, R-rated po­lit­i­cal thriller that de­picts lib­eral “elites” hunt­ing peo­ple in red states for sport. Trump crit­i­cized the planned movie Fri­day on Twit­ter, with­out men­tion­ing its name, say­ing it was in­tended “to in­flame and cause chaos.”

Uni­ver­sal had al­ready sus­pended the mar­ket­ing cam­paign for the film, which stars Os­car win­ner Hi­lary Swank and is di­rected by Craig Zo­bel.

But the stu­dio said in a state­ment Sat­ur­day that it had de­cided to can­cel re­lease al­to­gether, say­ing “we un­der­stand that now is not the time” for the film.

It was due to hit the­aters Sept. 27.

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