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Universal Pictures cancels thriller "The Hunt" following mass shootings

Vigil held for victims of gun shooting, El Paso Texas, Photo Date: 8/4/2019.  Photo courtesy MGN/ZUMA Press
Vigil held for victims of gun shooting, El Paso Texas, Photo Date: 8/4/2019. Photo courtesy MGN/ZUMA Press(KKTV)
Published: Aug. 10, 2019 at 8:47 PM EDT
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(08/10?19- Universal Pictures has canceled the planned September release of its controversial social thriller "The Hunt" in the wake of recent mass shootings and criticism from President Donald Trump.

The movie is a gory, R-rated political thriller that depicts liberal "elites" hunting people in red states for sport.

Trump criticized the planned movie on Twitter Friday, without mentioning its name, saying it was intended "to inflame and cause chaos."

Universal had already suspended the marketing campaign for the film, which stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank and is directed by Craig Zobel.

But the studio said in a statement Saturday that it had decided to cancel release altogether, saying "we understand that now is not the time" for the film.

It was due to hit theaters Sept. 27.

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