Is Nate Parker’s Career Over? Industry Insiders Speak
According to the Hollywood Reporter, although there are white men who have been plagued with similar scandals as Nate, they don’t think he can move forward.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
With Birth tracking for a soft $10 million or so opening weekend, the question has become: Can Parker recover?
Some believe so, if he does a stint in “movie jail” and takes steps to rebuild, possibly by laying low for a while, possibly by turning to television. “He will not have an easy time,” says a veteran producer. “He’s clearly a vital filmmaking voice. It’s maddening to watch it go so wrong. No one is hiring him at the moment. If they’re going to pay $17.5 million, you’ve got to do everything right.”
But a veteran studio executive notes that Mel Gibson engaged in egregious misconduct but has continued to direct. Others say that unlike Gibson — or Roman Polanski or Woody Allen, both accused of sexual assault (Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse) — Parker is just beginning his directing career and has not built up an acclaimed body of work that might encourage some to say they are willing to separate the artist from the art.
Others say they see Parker facing a steep challenge. His next project is with Legendary Pictures, but it seems like a fair bet it will never go forward. Says an executive at another film company, “His inability to act like he cared that people invested a whole lot of money in him — sorry. You go into the ‘life is too short’ category.” Noting that the first half of the New York Times review of Birth of a Nation is taken up with the controversy, this person adds, “No matter what Nate Parker makes, … this will always be the first paragraph.”