In case you’ve been living under a rock, Universal Pictures announced earlier this month that it would not be releasing Blumhouse’s The Hunt. The controversial political horror movie was simply too much for the current political environment.
Yet Jason Blum has no regrets about making the film and says that he is hopeful that it will be released one day. Here’s a snippet from an interview with Vulture:
I want to switch gears a little bit. You’ve spoken about how your approach to producer has and hasn’t changed. In the wake of the conversation around The Hunt, have you learned any lessons from that experience that will alter your approach as a producer going forward?
I learned a lot of lessons. Wouldn’t alter my … If I was offered the choice to make the movie again, I would say yes. We definitely made marketing mistakes, and we made plenty of mistakes along the way. So I’ve learned a lot. It might change how I would position movies and how I would consult on the marketing of the movies. But actually the making of the movies? No.
Is there any chance of The Hunt being released in the future?
Definitely a chance. I hope so.
Originally slated for release on September 27th, marketing was first halted in the wake of a surge of gun violence in the US before being officially canceled altogether for the time being.
However, Univeral has maintained that this isn’t a strike against anyone involved with the film – it’s simply too sensitive of a time to release a movie like this. A spokesperson for Universal stated:
“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film … 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.”
What are your thoughts about this? I’d love to hear them. I’ll reserve mine, but I believe this maybe be a topic of great importance in censorship down the road.