Universal is embracing the controversy, as The Hunt arrives back on the release schedules.

Interesting, interesting. You might recall that last summer, a furore broke over an upcoming movie that pretty much nobody had seen. That film was The Hunt, a new movie from the Blumhouse stable, produced by Jason Blum and Damon Lindelof.

The film tells the story of a dozen strangers who awaken in a forest, to find that rich people are hunting them. The initial trailer for the broke at a point when America was witnessing the latest in its tragically-endless run of mass shootings, and the film became a football as a consequence.

Universal took the movie off its schedule whilst it decided what it wanted to do next. And it’s opted now to press ahead with the release of the film, setting a new March date in the US for it.

Craig Zobel has directed the film, which now has a new trailer too. And it looks like this…

And here’s the synopsis, which as you can see, embraces the controversy…

The most talked about movie of the year is the one nobody has seen … yet.  

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt.  

In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), 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 (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.  

From Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the HBO series Watchmen and co-creator of the TV series Lost, comes a timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation. Now, it’s time to decide for yourself.

More as we hear it.

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