EuropaCorp Delays Release of Naomi Watts' 'Shut In,' Navy SEALs Thriller 'The Lake'

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The two films are being handled by the French company's U.S. distribution arm — a joint venture with embattled Relativity — while the decision to rejigger their release comes only two weeks after EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert abruptly resigned.

Moviegoers will have to wait a bit longer to see Naomi Watts' Shut In and Navy SEALs thriller The Lake.

EuropaCorp's U.S. distribution arm Red —  a joint venture with Ryan Kavanaugh's embattled Relativity Media — is pushing the release of Shut In from June 17 to Sept. 9. The movie, directed by Farren Blackburn, also stars Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, David Cubitt and Jacob Tremblay.

Insiders at EuropaCorp say the fall corridor is better for Shut In, while more time is needed to do special-effects work on The Lake, which moves from July 15 to Jan. 20, 2017.

The decision to delay their release comes only two weeks after Christophe Lambert abruptly exited as CEO of Luc Besson's Paris-based EuropaCorp. Former Universal chairman Marc Shmuger has taken the top post on an interim basis and is seen as the ideal fit to build the company's U.S. interests.

With The Lake and Shut In pushed, EuropaCorp's next release via Red will be the Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner comedy Nine Lives on Aug. 5, a comedy about a man who is trapped inside the body of a cat. (Spacey, meanwhile, is in line to take over as chairman of Relativity.)

Relativity and EuropaCorp formed Red in 2014 as a way to give EuropaCorp, home of films including the Taken franchise, direct control over the distribution of its films in the U.S.