A fair evaluation of your career might be the age of the credit mentioned in your latest trailer or commercial. For example, the commercials for ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ say that it’s a film from “the director of X-Men.”. Which came out in 2000, with the sequel following in 2003.
To be fair, the director in question, Bryan Singer, has been an executive producer of non-genre TV shows like ‘House’ in recent years, a success that won’t do much to sell a fantasy film. On the other hand, I doubt Bryan Singer was on the set much for his various TV projects. His directing résumé is a bit sparce lately.
Another example of my trailer credit theory would be Lindsay Lohan’s latest classic, ‘The Canyons,’ directed by the writer of ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull.’ Paul Shrafer’s directing career isn’t the calling card Lindsay needed at this point in her career.
The inverse of this theory, to their inmeasurable credit (no pun intended), is that neither Ben Affleck nor Matt Damon are called Oscar winners in the commercials for their recent films, even though Affleck certainly did an Oscar-worthy job of directing ‘Argo’ and Damon was credited with co-writing ‘Promised Land.’ Given the later’s box office performance, I’m sure somebody would’ve liked to have sold a film from the Oscar-winning co-writer of ‘Good Will Hunting.’