Watch the Trailer for “The Hunt,” Which Is Finally Being Released

The movie's initial release was scrapped in the wake of two mass shootings

Still from "The Hunt"
A scene from "The Hunt"
Universal
By Bonnie Stiernberg / February 12, 2020 10:20 am

After its planned release was canceled in the wake of a mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio last year, Damon Lindelof’s controversial satire The Hunt will finally see the light of day. The movie, in which wealthy “elites” kidnap working-class Americans and hunt them for sport, will be released on March 13.

Universal alludes to last year’s controversy over the film with its tagline: “The most talked about movie of the year is one that no one’s actually seen.” As the Ringer notes, having it premiere so soon after Parasite, another film about class warfare, did so well at the Oscars, feels like fortunate timing. “The palpable love for newly minted Best Picture winner Parasite — and to a lesser extent, Knives OutHustlersReady or Not, and (ugh) Joker — might not bring viewers to The Hunt, but with class warfare being all the rage on the big screen there’s still a chance the movie can capture the zeitgeist,” Miles Surrey writes.

“Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally,” director Craig Zobel explained after the movie’s initial release was postponed. “We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide. It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.”

“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,” he added. “This rush to judgment is one of the most relevant problems of our time.”

You can watch the trailer for The Hunt below.

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