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The Hunt director defends film after Universal cancel release

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Posted: 20/08/19 - 05:54
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The Hunt director Craig Zobel has defended his film after Universal pulled the plug on its release following several mass shootings in the space of a few days.

The film was criticised by the right-wing press and President Trump as ‘racist’ but Zobel insisted that the politics of the film have been misrepresented and that the ‘ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally’. ‘If I believed this film could incite violence, I wouldn’t have made it,’ he said.

The film, starring GLOW’s Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank, came from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and follows a dozen individuals who wake up in a clearing and realise they are being stalked for sport. In a statement to Variety Zobel said: ‘Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally.

‘We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide. It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.

I Call Bull: Calling bull on the reason for cancellation, I've watched the trailer and it looks a great film. It seems to me that the Trump administration is looking to pathetically shift the blame any which way they can without addressing the real issues (as usual).

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Seems respectful enough of them and a good call
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I get the feeling this will be delayed rather than withdrawn as they need to make their money back so expect it to get a later release and use this publicity to up the audience figures then