Due to a positive COVID-19 test, American director James Cameron is unable to attend the Los Angeles premiere of his eagerly anticipated movie Avatar: The Way of Water. A Disney spokesman reportedly stated the following to The Hollywood Reporter, an American digital and print publication: “Jim has COVID but is in good health. He had a positive test as part of a regular testing cycle. He won’t be there at the premiere, but he will carry on with his schedule virtually.”
The virus was first made public by the director on Sunday evening at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s opening event for his multimedia presentation Pressure: James Cameron into the Abyss.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was scheduled to attend the event in person but instead spoke at the opening reception via Zoom.
Avatar: the way of water is already doing great at the international box office
James Cameron, along with the cast of his film, was able to attend Avatar: The Way of Water’s international premiere in London last week. The movie is prepared to hit theatres later this week. It is anticipated to earn between $150 and 180 million during its domestic opening weekend and has the potential to add significantly to its overall earnings with its distribution in China and other international markets.
Even though James Cameron’s Avatar franchise has been around for thirteen years, it is truly just getting started. The sequence of sequels that director James Cameron painstakingly planned may have arrived too late, but those early concerns have been allayed as the release date of Avatar: The Way of Water approaches. The biggest obstacle to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s success as one of the biggest movies of the year will be Avatar: The Way of Water, which has been sweeping the box office for the past several weeks.
According to Deadline, there have been rumors from behind the scenes that the movie’s production costs alone had topped USD 250 million. The narrative for Avatar: The Way of Water was written by Cameron and Josh Friedman and is a follow-up to the Academy Award-winning 2009 epic adventure Avatar, which was first seen in theaters 13 years ago.
James Cameron’s extensive notes led to the creation of Avatar: The Way of Water
James Cameron is not one of those authors who can just crank out a script without doing any research beforehand. Producer Jon Landau recently stated that director James Cameron had over 1,000 pages of notes for his Avatar sequels, which had to be compiled and edited into the various stories he wishes to tell. Said Landau:
“You know, before the original Avatar was ever released, we wanted to do it again. We realized there was more we wanted to say, but we needed some time to unwind following the film’s release. Jim had other goals as well, such as seeing the Mariana Trench, so it wasn’t until the Titanic 3D premiere [in 2012] that he actually got down to write down the thoughts he had for where he wanted to travel.
Jim believed that he had a wide range of options to pursue in each of the three films that he had decided to do [early on]. We later learned we couldn’t condense it to three films and that there were actually four distinct stories to tell when he began working with teams of writers to transform his more than 1,000 pages of notes into scripts.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled for release.