“If I believed this film could incite violence, I wouldn’t have made it,” he said.
“Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally,” he said. “We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide. It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.”
Zobel said the film was meant to shine a light on the country’s political division.
“I wanted to make a fun, action thriller that satirized this moment in our culture — where we jump to assume we know someone’s beliefs because of which ‘team’ we think they’re on… and then start shouting at them,” Zobel said. “This rush to judgment is one of the most relevant problems of our time.”
According to Fox News, “The Hunt” was originally billed as a satirical film about wealthy liberals who decide to hunt down and kill humans. The Hollywood Reporter identified those fictional human victims as “MAGA” types. The film was originally going to be titled “Red State Vs. Blue State.”
One character reportedly says in the film, “Nothing better than going out to the manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”
“I learned a lot of lessons… If I was offered the choice to make the movie again, I would say yes,” Blum told Vulture. “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.”