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The Watch (2012)
The Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy released its first trailer in February of 2012 and a teaser poster of a bullet-riddled neighborhood watch sign. Fast forward one month later, when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida. The producers immediately pulled all media from Florida, switched the film's name (originally named Neighborhood Watch) to The Watch, and changed the tone of future trailers to highlight a sci-fi slant - the first trailer had Jonah Hill pretending to shoot teens with a gun.
Collateral Damage (2002)
A Los Angeles firefighter's family is killed in a terrorist bomb plot, and he goes on a mission of vengeance. By the end of the film, it's said he'll receive the Medal of Freedom "for preventing one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history from taking place." Collateral Damage was originally planned for release in October of 2001, until the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 occurred. The film was pushed back until February, and a scene featuring Sofia Vergara as an airplane hijacker was cut.
Big Trouble (2002)
Unfortunately for this ensemble comedic cast, a plot involving a WMD being smuggled on a plane was too scandalous following the attacks on 9/11. The film was pushed back from its September 21 date, and was forgotten by the time it hit theaters in April of 2002. Ironically, Sofia Vergara has a role in this film as well.
Phone Booth (2002)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Originally set for November 5, 2005 (the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, which holds significance for the film), V for Vendetta was pushed back to the following March. Many assume that this is due to the July London bombings, but the film-makers claim it was to finish visual effects production.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Some would argue any time is a poor time to release a Sex and the City sequel, but the idea of four women gallivanting about one of the richest countries in the world (Abu Dhabi) wasn't alluring while most of the world suffered a deep economic downturn. While unemployment skyrocketed, people generally don't want to watch rich actors enjoy time at a place where someone could build an ivory tower… literally.
The Illusionist (2006)
Shark Tale (2004)
Shark Tale/Finding Nemo - It's no secret that films made for children are also films made to sell toys. Finding Nemo is considered one of Pixar's greatest movies, and it probably sold tons of toys featuring its aquatic characters. That was the unfortunate reality of "CGI-Kid-Movie rival" DreamWorks, who released Shark Tale about a year later. The kids already had their bath toys, and parents could pop in Nemo on DVD (best-selling of all-time).
Deep Impact (1998)
Red Planet (2000)
Volcano/Dante's Peak - Both movies came out three months of each other in 1997 with Dante's Peak beating Volcano to the punch. Dante's peak stared both Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton with their volcano erupting in a small mountain town where Volcano's eruption happened in Downtown Los Angeles and had Tommy Lee Jones saving the day. In the end Dante's Peak came out the winner making more money than Volcano
This brilliant dark comedy's first test screening was scheduled for November 22, 1963, the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination. The film was pushed back from its release to January. A line referencing Dallas, where Kennedy was killed, was changed to Vegas. The infamous pie scene was cut for several reasons, but many believe it was mainly due to the line "Gentlemen! Our gallant young president has been struck down in his prime!" after a pie hits The President in the face.
Gangster Squad (2013)
Originally set for a September 7th 2012 release date the movie which is set in 1949 Los Angeles and is centered around a crew of LAPD officers who go outside the law in order to take down one of LA's ruthless mobsters Mickey Cohen. However in the wake of the Dark Knight Rises Midnight release theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado trailers for the movie were pulled not only from theaters but websites such as Youtube as well because it features a key scene in which mobsters open fire on a theater audience from behind a movie screen and automatic gunfire rips through the screen as horrified filmgoers rush for the exits and police try to stop the mayhem. Also because of the Colorado shooting studio executives decided to recut the film to minimize the theater shooting scene or otherwise remove it all together. Because of the rewrite the movie was pushed back from its original release date, Gangster Squad is now set to release January 11, 2013
No one can look into the future, and not everyone can have good luck. While many films have a smooth release, these particular pictures were marred by similar real-life occurrences - or fellow movies with matching plots.
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