Hollywood is looking to capitalize on the past several years of political tensions in a new film which depicts liberals stalking and killing supporters of President Trump.
The film is supposed to show a tragic and brutal conclusion to unresolved turmoil of the current political climate. The new film is slated to release this September.
From the Epoch Times:
The movie, “The Hunt,” from Universal Pictures, shows people hunting down “deplorables,” a term failed presidential contender Hillary Clinton used to describe supporters of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
“Did anyone see what our [expletive]-in-chief just did?” one character asks others early in the movie, reported the Hollywood Reporter. “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”
According to the Reporter, the movie’s script features blue-state characters choosing to hunt red-state characters who expressed pro-life positions or were deemed racist.
If the movie sounds questionably divisive and uncannily exploitative (even for Hollywood)—especially in the wake of politicalized mass shootings—then you probably understand the controversy it is already causing.
According to the Epoch Times, one executive passed on producing the film without even reading the script: “The idea seemed crazy.”
Another unidentified filmmaker with “ties to Universal” said, “Employees in different departments were questioning the wisdom of making such a movie in these times. In light of the horrific [recent shootings], is this not the most craven, irresponsible, dangerous exploitation?”
Here’s more, from the report:
Executives have tried billing the film as satire, though it’s unclear what’s satirical about it. A search for interviews from anyone involved with the film didn’t turn up anything.
An inside source told the Reporter that Universal is trying to decide what to do in the wake of the mass shootings. Some executives want to support Blum, one of Universal’s top producers, and Zobel, and view the project as satire. But plans could change “if people think we’re being exploitative rather than opinionated,” the source added.
The film was supposed to have an advertisement air on ESPN over the weekend, but the segment was pulled due to a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Here’s even more:
According to the official description for the movie, it shows 12 strangers waking up in a clearing. “They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen—for a very specific purpose—The Hunt.”
“In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal, knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman at the center of it all,” the description added.
The movie stars Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, and Emma Roberts, was written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof, directed by Craig Zobel, and produced by Blumhouse Productions. It’s rated R.