From ‘Neighborhood Watch’ to ‘The Watch’

Rappler.com
The Ben Stiller-Jonah Hill comedy receives a rehash due to real-life tragedy

THEY MEAN NO HARM. 'The Watch' stars Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn. Movie still from imdb.com

WASHINGTON, United States of America – Because of the ill-fated killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, Twentieth Century Fox has decided to change the title of its upcoming comedy, “The Neighborhood Watch,” to simply “The Watch.”

Martin was shot by Florida community watch officer, George Zimmerman, claiming it was self-defense. He has since been convicted of second-degree murder. 

Producers clarify that the film, although coincidentally centered on a group of neighbourhood watchmen, is in no way connected to the unfortunate event. Representatives clarify that the producers are very sensitive to the Martin incident.

An official statement by Fox states, “’The Watch’ is the new title for ‘Neighborhood Watch.’ As the subject matter of this alien invasion comedy bears no relation whatsoever to the (recent) tragic events in Florida, the studio altered the title to avoid any accidental or unintended misimpression.”

Advertisement paraphernalia for the film were immediately retracted, including the trailer and a movie poster showing a neighbourhood watch logo laden with bullet holes, says The Huffington Post.

OUT TO GET ALIENS. These bored dads find themselves in an out of this world adventure. Movie still from imdb.com

According to MSN Movies, “The Watch” is a comedy about a group of fathers looking for excitement in their monotonous lives. To their surprise, a battle against an alien invasion awaits them.

“The Watch” is set for release in July. – Rappler.com

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