Fox To Work on Marketing Movie Starring Nigerian, Richard Ayoade, After Trayvon Martin Shooting

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The Trayvon Martin incident is no News to anyone who has been surfing the net in recent times as it is one of the most covered and followed piece in different countries. In the wake of the incident which had a Zimmerman a neighborhood watch captain shoot and kill an unharmed teen, Trayvon Martin, 20th Century Fox is feeling the heat in terms of marketing a new movie starring Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has removed the teaser poster and trailer for its upcoming summer flick Neighborhood Watch from theaters in Florida where the Trayvon Martin incident took place but the studio mentioned that the release date still stands. The teaser poster is what you see on the left which has got gun shot holes in it while it’s teaser trailer (inserted below) has got a scene where a member of the neighborhood watch pretends to shoot at some people. This should make you understand Fox’s decision if you’ve been following the Florida incident

“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,” a Fox spokesperson tells THR. “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light. The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long-term use. Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event.”

According to insiders, Fox will move into damage control with the teaser poster being replaced in theaters across the country as soon as possible with the official poster which would feature the actors.

Neighborhood Watch due in theaters July 27 is based on Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot involving aliens to destroy Earth. The movie stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup and Richard Ayoade.

Mistah Cole

Mistah Cole

is a Nigerian-born Music critic and movie blogger

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