Ben Stiller's new movie renamed after US shooting

Monday May 7, 2012

Ben Stiller's new movie has been renamed in order to avoid it being linked with the tragic and controversial shooting of US teenager, Trayvon Martin.

The comedy, which stars Ben alongside Vince Vaughn, is set around a group of fathers who team up to combat an extra terrestrial presence.

The film was originally set to be called Neighbourhood Watch, with promotional material already being released under that name.

 The name has now been changed to simply The Watch.

Trayvon Martin was unarmed when he was shot in Florida by a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer.

Fox Studios who have produced the film, said in a statement: "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 cause."

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