James Cameron misses L.A. premiere of ‘Avatar’ because of COVID

“Avatar” will make its return to Hollywood Monday evening, greater than a decade for the reason that franchise’s 2009 debut. Too unhealthy director James Cameron gained’t be there to witness it.

The Oscar winner will miss out on a screening of “Avatar: The Way of Water” tonight on the El Capitan Theatre because of a bout of COVID-19, Deadline reported Monday afternoon.

“I am in L.A., just back from Tokyo, and I managed to pick up COVID on the plane,” he advised Deadline. “I’m isolated and can’t go to my own premiere tonight.”

Regardless of Cameron testing constructive for the virus, Disney advised Deadline the director is “feeling fine” and can “complete his schedule virtually.”

Cameron revealed his analysis Sunday in the course of the opening ceremony of his exhibition — “Pressure: James Cameron into the Abyss” — on the Pure Historical past Museum of Los Angeles County, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Like Monday night’s premiere, Cameron was set to attend the opening festivities in particular person, however as a substitute made a Zoom look.

“I want to, first of all, apologize to everyone who’s gathered there tonight. I can’t be at my own party,” he mentioned Sunday evening. “So obviously I can’t be there, [can’t] jeopardize other people.”

The filmmaker has been globe-trotting for the reason that “The Way of Water” world premiere in London on Dec. 6. After the UK, he traveled to Seoul, South Korea then Tokyo, Japan for extra occasions.

“The number of people I’ve told over the years, ‘Ah, we’ll catch up and I’ll see you at the premiere’…well, I gues not,” he advised Deadline. “Man proposes, and God disposes.”

“The Way of Water” is the long-awaited observe as much as Cameron’s 2009 Oscar-winning blockbuster. Returning for the sequel are stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. Becoming a member of the movie are Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Edie Falco.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” hits theaters Friday.