‘The Hunt’ Director Craig Zobel Says Film Has Been Subjected to ‘Inaccurate Assumptions’

In a new interview with Variety — his first since the cancellation of his film “The Hunt” earlier this month — director Craig Zobel voices both his support for Universal’s choice to delay the film after a series of mass shootings and conservative-driven backlash (which became so heated it appeared to even reach the the White House) and his dismay over how the film has been portrayed by the media.

The Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions film, a new interpretation of the classic “The Most Dangerous Game” trope, was pulled by the studio on August 10. The studio had already opted to pause marketing on the violent film after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, rocked the country, announcing a full cancellation after President Donald Trump began to vaguely tweet about the film, calling it “racist at the highest level” (despite it containing no overt racial themes) and
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