Over the weekend 20th Century Fox released a red band trailer for The Watch, a sci-fi comedy starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade (director of Submarine). Now you might think, wait a minute, wasn’t there another sci-fi comedy starring those three scheduled for this summer? Well this is that movie, but they changed the title from Neighborhood Watch to simply The Watch.
Watch the trailer below:
The Watch follows a group of neighborhood watch members that take it on themselves to protect earth from an alien invasion that just so happens to take place, you guessed it, in their neighborhood.
The idea behind the film could produce a lot of comedic moments, at least one of which is shown in the trailer (the weapon thing). Although I have to say, the premise sounds awfully similar to the one from last year’s Attack the Block. So if this film looks interesting to you, definitely give that one a watch (if you haven’t already).
Director Akiva Schaffer, mostly known for doing Saturday Night Live episodes, seems like the right guy for a film like this and the trailer looks ok. Unfortunately ok isn’t enough when you open a week after The Dark Knight Rises, so Fox really have to step up their game if they don’t want another flop on their hands.
As mentioned in the intro, The Watch stars Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and some others including Billy Crudup and Doug Jones.
The Watch opens July 27th in North America and August 29th in the UK.