Director Ridley Scott is to miss ROBIN HOOD's screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (12May10) to continue his recovery from recent surgery.
Scott's epic, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, is opening the annual movie event in France - but the filmmaker will not be present on the red carpet.
He underwent an operation on his knee recently and his recovery has been slower than expected - so doctors have ordered him to rest up and take time off from work.
He tells ETOnline.com, "It is with the most sincere regret that I am required to miss the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival and the screening of Robin Hood.
"I recently underwent knee replacement surgery and my recovery has been slower than I'd hoped. Truly, doctor's orders are the only thing that could keep me from being there.
"My disappointment is tempered by the fact that (producer) Brian (Grazer), Russell (Crowe), Cate (Blanchett) and the rest of the cast will be on hand to represent the film. I send them all my best wishes in opening this year's festival with our film."