Universal has canceled the release of "The Hunt," a Blumhouse Productions satirical thriller that featured working class people being hunted for sport by rich elites.
The cancellation comes after an uproar led by President Donald Trump. Trump blasted the movie on Twitter after seeing Fox News segments questioning whether the movie would "encourage more backlash against conservatives."
"The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos," Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. "They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!"
Universal had already pulled ads for "The Hunt," but the political furor led the studio to shelve the film completely. It had been scheduled for release September 27.
“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, ” a spokesperson for Universal said in a statement.
“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 movie follows 12 strangers who have been kidnapped to be prey for a gathering of rich people looking to kill. The "prey" decide to fight back and take up arms against the elites, resulting in a bloody battle.
Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse's script is a dark satire that reportedly was originally titled "Red State Vs. Blue State."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script had a line that has one character ask, "Did anyone see what our ratf---er-in-chief just did? At least The Hunt's coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables."
We should note, however, that the protagonists/heroes of the film are clearly the "prey" (including a tough female character played by Betty Gilpin). And similar stories — such as "The Hunger Games" and "The Purge" — clearly side with the victims, rather than the wealthy people in charge.