LOS ANGELES — “Neighborhood Watch” will now be known as just “The Watch.”
Fox says the name of the film starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban neighborhood watch volunteers who battle aliens was changed in light of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.
The studio says it changed the name to “to avoid any accidental or unintended” misimpressions because “the subject matter of this alien invasion comedy bears no relation whatsoever to the recent tragic events in Florida.”
Fox previously pulled early promotional materials for the movie because of the Trayvon Martin case.
The unarmed, 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, causing a national controversy.
The film is set for release July 27.