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‘The Hunt’ may still be released despite controversy. Here’s why

President Donald Trump was reportedly critical of the film’s concept.

“The Hunt” producer Jason Blum said over the weekend that the movie, which was canceled earlier this month, may hit theaters in the future.
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SALT LAKE CITY — “The Hunt” producer Jason Blum said over the weekend that the controversial film, which was canceled earlier this month, may hit theaters in the future.

The film, which stars Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank, centers around a group of ordinary people who are kidnapped and thrown into a game in which rich people hunt the human race.

As I wrote for the Deseret News, Universal canceled the film after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Universal said it wouldn’t be right to release the film so close to the tragedies.

But Blum told Vulture that he believes there’s “hope” for the film. He said he would still make the film and he could see a day when it is released.

“I learned a lot of lessons… If I was offered the choice to make the movie again, I would say yes,” Blum said. “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.”

But the film didn’t sit well with President Donald Trump. He said in a two-part tweet on the film that the film was an indicator that “liberal Hollywood is racist,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” he wrote in a two-part tweet that did not mention the film by name. “They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite.”

But, per Entertainment Weekly, Trump’s tweet didn’t explain the film accurately. Those associated with the film said that the elites in the film aren’t righteous and that the humans in the movie getting hunted are really the heroes of the movie.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter suggested that “The Hunt” didn’t do well in test screenings, either, another possible reason to cancel the film.