Previews canceled for Craig Zobel’s “The Hunt” (2019) after mass shootings

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The Hollywood Reporter read the script, and one trucker-hat-and-cowboy-shirt-clad character brags about owning seven guns because it’s constitutionally protected. (Image Courtesy: Yahoo! Entertainment).

In response to recent mass shootings, ESPN has pulled all advertising for Craig Zobel’s The Hunt (2019) ahead of the gun-heavy film’s September 27 release, according to Yahoo! Entertainment. The trailer for the R-rated, Jason Blum-produced satire features liberals hunting “deplorables” for sport, and stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, and Justin Hartley. With a television and online marketing blitz in the works for September, Universal Pictures finds themselves divided over how to proceed; one filmmaker wonders if the movie might be more “exploitative” than “opinionated,” while an executive says the picture is more relevant than ever.