A Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn comedy filmed in metro Atlanta last year has absolutely nothing to do with the Travyon Martin case, but its ads have been pulled nonetheless.
The movie’s name: “Neighborhood Watch.”
The flick, which filmed scenes all over metro Atlanta last year, stars Stiller, Vaughn, Jonah Hill and was directed by Akiva Schaffer. The plot concerns a group of suburban dads who stumble onto an alien plot to take over the world.
But the studio is evidently concerned that the phrase “neighborhood watch” now conjures images of the Martin case. The Florida teen was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
The movie comes out in July. Twentieth Century Fox has pulled early promotional materials and said in a statement that while the movie obviously has nothing to do with the Sanford, Fla. shooting, the company is “very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case.”
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