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The Watch: Bad timing for some big stars

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The film's name has already been changed

When production began for the film, no one could foresee the Florida incident that would happen years later. But the film will be released this month anyway.

Ben StillerBelieve it or not, but Hollywood producers do not actually know what is going to be happening in the news when their film eventually comes out.

This time, they couldn’t have picked a worse time to release the new movie The Watch.

The film, which stars major Hollywood actors like Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and others, had its first trailer released months ago. It was during the height of the anger over George Zimmerman’s shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“When The Watch hits theaters in July, 20th Century Fox is banking on stars Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller to bring in the viewers,” according to Wired.com. “But the movie, about a pack of subdivision-patrolling buddies who stumble on an alien invasion, took a dark turn in March thanks to some unforeseen circumstances.”

Based on the trailer, it seems that the plot makes fun of the things that the nation is currently fighting against in the Florida case. Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman Feb. 26 of this year.

“The first trailer — released at the height of outrage over the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood-watch captain — showed Jonah Hill pretending to shoot at a child from a car window,” said Wired.com. “The macabre coincidence got the trailer pulled (and the film’s title changed from Neighborhood Watch).”

However, the film goes a step further and brings an alien conspiracy into its plot, directing attention away from the real-life incident.

According to the Internet Movie Database, the film follows “Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.”

The film has been in production since 2008, and has gone through many staff changes which delayed its release until now. It didn't start filming until Oct. 2011.

The Watch will be released on July 27.

Photo courtesy TNYF/WENN.com
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