The entertainment industry has been scrambling this week, juggling the tragedy of multiple mass shootings with the commentary from Trump blaming violence in video games and Hollywood films for the real life violence. Already, the effects of his comments can be seen in the cancelation of an eSports X Games event that involved a team first-person shooter game.
Now Universal Pictures is following suit and delaying the release of action thriller The Hunt, starring Emma Roberts, Betty Gilpin, and Hilary Swank. The story follows a group of strangers who wake up stranded only to find out they are being hunted by “elites” who hunt lower class people with guns and other weapons. Though the film is meant to be a social satire about the state of the country and the violence that saturates it, Universal has decided to put off its release.
Universal released the following statement to CNN:
“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.”
The release of the film was slated for September 27, but now it has been pushed back indefinitely.