Jason Blum hopes to release The Hunt in the future
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the politically-satire driven thriller The Hunt as the country faces another string of horrific mass shootings, and as Universal has shelved the film indefinitely, producer Jason Blum has revealed he is still holding out hope that the film will hit theaters.
In an interview with Vulture, the mastermind behind the small-budget production company Blumhouse Productions spoke on the cancellation of the release of the film and that he’s learned a lot of lessons from the decision.
“If I was offered the choice to make the movie again, I would say yes,” Blum said. “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.”
When asked if there was any possibility for the film to hit theaters at some point, Blum said there’s “definitely” a chance of it getting a release later down the road and that he’s holding out “hope” for it.
The new film, which depicts a group of wealthy people kidnapping and then hunting humans for sport, has been the subject of controversy following the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
The Hunt was scheduled to be released on September 27. Universal did not indicate when or if they plan to distribute the film in the future.
Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, produced alongside and Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the TV series The Leftovers and Lost, who also co-wrote the film. Betty Gilpin and two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank star with Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, and Amy Madigan. Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, The Leftovers) directed the film.