‘The Hunt’ Is Back On: Film Pulled After Mass Shootings and Trump Attack Sets March Release (Video)

Release plans were canceled in August after Dayton and El Paso shootings in July

Last Updated: February 11, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

Blumhouse and Universal’s “The Hunt” will get released next month, on March 13, after the film was shelved last August following mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

The studio also released a new trailer for the film on Tuesday. The trailer opens with people waking up gagged in a field, with access to weapons. Little do they know that they will soon be hunted by the liberal elites.

However, the movie faced a lot of backlash in August when many people believed it was about liberals hunting republicans in the Trump era. The new trailer suggests that people jumped the gun and judged a movie without having seen it, and that it might be completely different than what we all expected. And it all started with a dark internet conspiracy.

“The most talked about movie of the year that no one has even seen yet,” the text reads in the trailer, before Hilary Swank’s character adds: “We were joking. You actually believed we were hunting human beings for sport?”

Playing on political divides in the Trump era, “The Hunt” follows 12 conservatives who discover they have been kidnapped and brought to The Manor, a hunting ground where liberals hunt them for sport. Hilary Swank plays the founder of The Manor, while Betty Gilpin plays the leader of the hunted as they fight back against their would-be killers. Craig Zobel directs, and Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley and Ike Barinholtz also star.

Previously, Universal had halted the marketing campaign for the horror film “out of sensitivity to the country’s recent shooting tragedies.”

Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof wrote the film, while director Craig Zobel, Nick Cuse, Steven R. Molen executive produced.

producers Jason Blum and Damon Lindelof are speaking out about the “cancel culture” that derailed a film that nobody had seen — and the decision to roll it out in theaters next month with a new marketing campaign that addresses the uproar.

In a press conference Monday, Blum and Lindelof spoke out about the “cancel culture” that derailed a film that nobody had seen — and the decision to roll it out in theaters next month with a new marketing campaign that addresses the uproar.

“I don’t know when ‘cancel culture’ became a thing but my memory is that it wasn’t yet a thing in August when this happened,” Lindelof told reporters after an advance press screening of the film on Monday. “Only later was I like, we got canceled. I think sometimes, it’s appropriate to cancel things, that they should be canceled and sometimes things get canceled prematurely. And hopefully, it’s our belief that this movie was in the latter category.”

Watch the trailer for the film above. “The Hunt” opens in theaters Friday the 13th this March.