Universal Pictures is teaming with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, writer Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and director Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah) for new action-thriller The Hunt. Damon Lindelof co-wrote the script with Nick Cuse, the son of Damon Lindelof's Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse, with the script spawning a competitive bidding war that was won by Universal and Blumhouse. No production details have been released at this time and there is no indication if a release schedule is being planned quite yet.
While the studio hasn't released any official plot details, sources claim that the "subversive feature" takes cues from the current political climate and the "aggressive nature of the right versus the left." However, this story takes matters to more extreme and violent levels. Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse company, while Damon Lindelof will also produce through his White Rabbit production company. Both Nick Cuse and Craig Zobel will serve as executive producers.
Blumhouse has never strayed from movies with socio-political themes like this, striking it big last year with the low-budget hit Get Out. The directorial debut of Jordan Peele took in $176 million domestic and $255 million worldwide, from just a $4.5 million budget, while also earning the first Oscar win for Jordan Peele's original screenplay. Blumhouse has also produced the timely Purge series, with the last installment, The Purge: Anarchy, inspired by the 2016 Presidential election, and this year's The First Purge serving as a prequel to the hit franchise.
This movie will mark the feature screenwriting debut of Nick Cuse, who got his start as a writer's assistant on Damon Lindelof's hit HBO series The Leftovers, where he would eventually join the writing staff and write two episodes. Both of those episodes, coincidentally, were directed by Craig Zobel, who directed three episodes of that hit series, along episodes of Outcast, American Gods and an upcoming episode of HBO's Westworld. He has also directed features Z for Zachariah, Compliance and Great World of Sound.
This marks the return to the feature world for Damon Lindelof, whose last feature credit was writing the script for Disney's Tomorowland alongside Jeff Jensen and director Brad Bird. He is also working on a Watchmen TV series for HBO. Jason Blum is coming off a huge year with the success of Get Out, Split and Happy Death Day. He is also producing a number of upcoming movies like the Unfriended sequel Unfriended: Dark Web, along with a Benji remake, a Halloween remake, The First Purge, Black Klansman and many more. He is also working on a Purge TV series and sequels to Happy Death Day and The Gallows. As for where this movie would line up on his slate, given how the producer is inclined to make low-budget movies, if filming does end up starting sometime this year, the film could be ready for release by sometime next year, but nothing has been confirmed yet. You can head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for more on this upcoming thriller.