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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Talk about ill timing.

In the nation news lately, the nation is at odds with the controversy surrounding neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Florida gated community.

And, now quietly, Twentieth Century Fox pulled the ads for the upcoming comedy release of “Neighborhood Watch” from Florida theaters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the teaser and trailer were removed due to the sensitivity surrounding the case in Florida.

“We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” said a Fox spokesperson to THR.

The poster featured a neighborhood watch street sign with bullet holes and some green alien blood on it. The teaser trailer was recently release of a neighborhood watch crew cruising down a street in an SUV.

The movie is about a neighborhood watch team discovering an alien invasion and trying to stop it.

The film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. It is directed by Akiva Schaffer.

With this Trayvon Marton case, Fox decided to move into the second phase of the marketing that will highlight the comedic aspects. A new teaser poster will be issued in theaters very soon.

As for the release date, Fox will keep the original release date on July 27.

Here is the old teaser poster for the movie:

And here is the teaser trailer:

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.