Damon Lindelof's The Hunt is back and set to play in cinemas this March (plus there’s a new trailer)

Six months ago, after Donald Trump alluded to the Blumhouse thriller, The Hunt, being responsible for inciting violence (while Ready or Not got off the hook) the film was quickly pulled by Universal. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter today, producer Jason Blum and screenwriter Damon Lindelof have revealed the film is back on and set for release next month in 3,000 screens in North America.

Director Craig Zobel’s film was cancelled in August in the aftermath of mass shootings in Texas, California and Ohio, with Trump using the film as an easy target instead of addressing gun control laws. The original trailer had shown Hilary Swank as the leader of a gang of rich elites who track down and savagely kill another group due to their political views.

A new advert for the film is set to appear saying The Hunt is, "The most talked-about movie of the year is one that no one’s actually seen.” The new trailer (above) takes a similar stance, with Universal looking to spin the negative publicity into something film fans now have to see.

In the interview Lindelof speaks about his frustration about the reaction to the trailer in the aftermath of Trump's tweet: "For us there was just a fundamental frustration that nobody was talking about the movie. They were all talking about what their perception of the movie was--a perception that was largely formed based on all the events in the aftermath of the horrific weekend before."

Lindelof mostly plays it safe in the interview, going on to say he doesn't want to accuse anyone of overreacting and prefers not to be seen taking a moralistic stance telling others what they should and shouldn't think of the film.

Blum was asked if Universal exerted any pressure about the tone of the film, which he says did not happen: “It was read as a satire, no different from The Joker or other movies that are violent,” he says. “It was read as a movie that didn’t take sides.”

The Hunt is set for release in the US on March 13 - we’re not sure if that also applies to the UK at this stage.

The Hunt (2019)
Dir: Craig Zobel | Cast: Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Justin Hartley | Writers: Damon Lindelof, Nick Cuse (Writer)

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