Universal Pictures decided to delay the release of the new Blumhouse Thriller “The Hunt.” The film was scheduled to release in theaters on September 27th, but the movie is being pushed back. The delay follows the recent uptick in mass shootings in the United States, and the studio did not confirm a new release date at this time.

The two shootings, one in El Paso and the other in Dayton, accorded only a few days ago, and Universal Pictures had already pulled online and televised marketing after the attacks. The studio also scrubbed the trailers, which featured people being hunted down in the woods, from its official YouTube channel.

As we mentioned earlier, the movie features wealthy elites hunting down kidnapped people on a private resort. The studio described the film on social media adding, “In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a bunch of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal, knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman at the center of it all.”

The movie features Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, and Ike Barinholtz. Craig Zobel directed the movie, working from a script written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Blum produces for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof. The film is executive produced by Zobel, Cuse and Steven R. Molen.

The big September releases start with “IT: Chapter 2” at the beginning of the month. The following week is the premiere of “The Goldfinch” adaptation and “Hustlers” with Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, and Usher. The following week is the release of Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” sci-fi thriller and “Rambo: Last Blood” with Sylvester Stallone and Paz Vega.

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