Universal Pictures has hit pause on its marketing campaign for the upcoming thriller “The Hunt” in the wake of three recent mass shootings in Ohio, Texas and California.
The film follows twelve strangers who mysteriously wake up in a forest clearing only to discover that they are being hunted for sport by a group of rich elites. Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee and Justin Hartley star.
Jason Blum and Damon Lindelof are producing while Craig Zobel directed. So far only a few marketing materials have aired including a recently launched trailer.
A Universal spokesperson says in a statement: “Out of sensitivity to the attention on the country’s recent shooting tragedies, Universal Pictures and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunt’ have temporarily paused its marketing campaign and are reviewing materials as we move forward.”
“The Hunt” is currently targeting a September 27th release date.