The Hunt, a politically-themed action-thriller, will see Lost and The Leftovers scribe Damon Lindelof work with Blumhouse.

News Joseph Baxter

Apr 19, 2018

Damon Lindelof has dipped his scriptwriting toes into numerous acclaimed genre offerings, notably ABC television phenomenon Lost, HBO’s The Leftovers and films such as World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus. However, one of his upcoming projects, a film called The Hunt, will see him team with the horror maestros of Blumhouse Productions, designed to manifest as a political actioner.

While the logline-revealing details for The Hunt, notably its plot, are still being kept close to the studio’s chest, the film is expected to carry on Blumhouse’s irreverent-ultraviolent-satirical political ribbing tradition, notably seen in The Purge film series, reports THR. The studio picked up the project in what was a reportedly competitive situation.

The Hunt Release Date

The Hunt now has a release date, since distributing studio Universal revealed that the film is scheduled to arrive on September 27, 2019.

The Hunt Details

Lindelof has written a script for The Hunt, partnered with Nick Cuse, son of his Lost visionary partner, Carlton Cuse. Their written work has been placed in the hands of director Craig Zobel, who recently helmed TV episodes of Westworld, The Leftovers, American Gods and Outcast. Moreover, Zobel directed the 2015 dystopian actioner, Z for Zachariah, which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine.

Additionally, director Zobel will serve as an executive producer. Blumhouse head Jason Blum will produce, joined in that same capacity by Lindelof himself, who will do so on behalf of his (Lost-episode-named) White Rabbit company.

The Hunt could represent a higher tier of project for the usually schlock-centric Blumhouse, which just recently reached the highest stratosphere of film industry acclaim with Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay Oscar win for Get Out. The studio has planned an array of franchise-following films such as the 2018-scheduled Halloween sequel and The First Purge, along with projects in the pipeline such as The Gallows 2 and Happy Death Day 2. Additionally, it’s planning a reboot movie of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, a film adaptation of popular video game Five Nights at Freddy’s and another potential piece of political satire in Spike Lee’s Black Klansman.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of The Hunt as it occurs.