The decision to yank The Hunt wasn’t unexpected. In the wake of last weekend’s mass murders and in view of the exacerbated cultural divide, public showings might have prompted volatile reactions…who knows?

Four days ago THR‘s Kim Masters reported that Universal was having second thoughts. Now it’ll leave the room and reappear on the streaming apps sometime next year, most likely. Craig Zobel, Jason Blum and Damon Lindelof‘s dark satire probably would’ve underperformed anyway — it didn’t look all that appealing. It’s just unfortunate that Universal made the call a day after President Trump complained about it (i.e., “Hollywood is really terrible…they’re treating conservatives very unfairly”).