Initially slated for a release in September 2019, horror thriller The Hunt was pulled from the schedule due to online controversy it caused as well as the series of horrific mass shootings in months leading to its premiere. Now BloodyDisgusting reports that The Hunt has a new release date – March 13. Loosely based on Richard Connell’s 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game, The Hunt follows a group of twelve strangers waking up in the middle of nowhere, only to realize they are being hunted by the decadent rich. Everything changes when one of the chosen victims (played by Betty Gilpin – GLOW) decides to fight back and kill off all of the hunters one by one.
Beside Gilpin, the cast of The Hunt features Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Macon Blair (Hold the Dark), Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), J. C. MacKenzie (The Irishman), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story: 1984), Hilary Swank (Logan Lucky), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street), Teri Wyble (The Walking Dead) and the singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson.
Produced by Blumhouse, the new trailer and ads are deliberately playing up the controversy angle, announcing “the most talked about movie of the year” that “no one has actually seen.” The Hunt was directed by Craig Zobel who in 2012 directed an excellent, if grueling, psychological thriller Compliance, based on true events. Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof (HBO’s Watchmen, The Leftovers) penned the script.