Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Twentieth Century Fox has pulled early promotional materials for its comedy "Neighborhood Watch" in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
An image from the upcoming comedy "Neighborhood Watch", starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Fox Twentieth Century has pulled its ads form the film following the Trayvon Martin shooting.
This undated file photo provided by the Martin family, shows Trayvon Martin snowboarding. Martin was slain in the town of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 in a shooting that has set off a nationwide furor over race and justice. (AP Photo / Martin Family)
The studio said Tuesday that early "teaser" trailer and in-theater posters have been removed from Florida theaters and will soon be phased out nationally. The film stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban dads who become neighborhood watch volunteers and eventually battle aliens.
Fox stressed in a statement that the film "bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida," and said the company is "very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case." The film is set for release in July.
Last month, the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, causing a national firestorm and demands for Zimmerman's arrest.