The Hunt isn’t over.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has set a new release date for Blumhouse’s The Hunt, a satirical look at class warfare wherein a sect of the wealthy elite kidnap and hunt “deplorables” for sport. The film will now release on March 13, six months after the studio pulled the film from its initial September 2019 in the wake of a spate of mass shootings.
Directed by Craig Zobel, The Hunt casts Hilary Swank as the ringleader of a gang of wealthy snobs who try to wipe out a group of assorted individuals who have posted right-wing views online. Though the “elites” supply their prey with guns, the playing field is not level. But one woman, played by Betty Gilpin, turns the tables on the killers.
Characters in the film, which THR has seen, are graphically dispatched in a variety of ways: shot with a bullet to the head or a bow and arrow, impaled on metal spikes, pulverized with a grenade in the pants, poisoned and — perhaps most memorably — done in with a stiletto heel plunged into an eyeball.
Given the intense violence on the screen, The Deplorables is certain to earn an R rating. Universal plans to open it on 3,000 screens.