Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn Feature Film Renamed Because of Trayvon Martin Case Moviefone, Variety
To distance the film from any connection to the tragic Trayvon Martin case, the new Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn summer comedy has changed its name from "Neighborhood Watch" to "The Watch," reports Moviefone.com, based on a report in Variety.
In a statement from 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the film, a spokesperson said, "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 that it might."
The possibility of a connection was based on the fact that George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, was part of a neighborhood watch group. In March, Fox pulled the movie's posters and teasers from Florida theaters.
"The Watch," which also stars Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, will open nationwide in theaters on Friday, July 27.