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Universal Studios pulls the movie ‘The Hunt’


>>GOOD TALKING WITH YOU, ARTHEL. ARTHEL: LIKEWISE. ERIC: THE MOVIE “THE HUNT” HAS BEEN KILLED. THAT CONTROVERSIAL FILM WILL NOT BE RELEASED BY UNIVERSAL IN THE WAKE OF LAST WEEKEND’S TWO MASS SHOOTINGS. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONFIRMING THAT DECISION. THE MOVIE HAPPENED TO BE BASED ON A SATIRE WHERE ELITES HUMAN VICTIMS, IN THE FILM THEY’RE CALLED DEPLORABLES, DOING THAT FOR SPORT. PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCUSED IT OF INTENDING TO ENFLAME AND CAUSE CHAOS, AND HE PUT THE BLAME DIRECTLY ON HOLLYWOOD. JONATHAN HUNT LIVE IN LOS ANGELES WITH MORE ON THESE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. HI, JONATHAN.>>Reporter: ERIC, IN THE WAKE OF THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND DAYTON, UNIVERSAL HAS FOUND ITSELF UNDER PRESSURE ALL WEEK OVER THE MOVIE, AND NOW IT HAS BOWED TO THAT PRESSURE, RELEASING A STATEMENT ON ITS WEB SITE THAT READS, QUOTE: 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. 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. NOW, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER HAD PREVIOUSLY SAID THE ORIGINAL TITLE OF “THE HUNT” WAS RED STATE VERSUS BLUE STATE AND THAT EARLY IN THE SCRIPT ONE OF THE CHARACTERS SAYS, QUOTE, NOTHING BETTER THAN GOING AFTER THE MANNA AND SLAUGHTERING A DOZEN DEPLORABLES. THAT, OF COURSE, IS THE SAME WORD HILLARY CLINTON FAMOUSLY USED TO DESCRIBE DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE, NOR READ THE SCREENPLAY, SO WE CAN’T INDEPENDENTLY CONFIRM THAT LINE ABOUT DEPLORABLES IS IN THE MOVIE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS ONE OF THE TRAILERS RELEASED BY UNIVERSAL IN WHICH TWO CHARACTERS TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT OF WEALTHY 1%ERS TO HUNT THE LESS WELL OFF.>>WE PAY FOR EVERYTHING. THE COUNTRY BELONGS TO US.>>HUNTING HUMAN BEINGS FOR SPORT.>>THEY’RE NOT HUMAN BEINGS.>>Reporter: JUST YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP, WITHOUT SPECIFICALLY NAMING THE MOVIE, HAD LASHED OUT AT HOLLYWOOD.>>YOU TALK ABOUT RACIST, HOLLYWOOD IS RACIST. WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THE KIND OF MOVIES THEY’RE PUTTING OUT, IT’S ACTUALLY VERY DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY. WHAT HOLLYWOOD IS DOING IS A TREMENDOUS THE DISSERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.>>REPORTER: IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT, ERIC, THAT AS FAR AS WE’RE AWARE, NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED THE MOVIE HAD ANYTHING RACIST MATERIAL IN IT. BUT CLEARLY, IT DID HAVE OVERTLY VIOLENT POLITICAL OVERTONES, AND IN PULLING THE MOVIE, UNIVERSAL IS ACKNOWLEDGING THE VIEW OF MANY THAT THIS WAS AN

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