It remains to be seen how permanent the consequences will be from this year’s avalanche of sexual assault and harassment allegations: Noted bigot Mel Gibson, to give a similar but unrelated example, seems to have rebounded just fine after about a decade in Hollywood time-out. And director Bryan Singer, whose own reckoning is still ongoing, seems to think that everything is going to be fine. In fact, he seems to think that he and Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by several men, will not only work again, but they could conceivably work together again.
Singer was asked about his Usual Suspects and Superman Returns star by TMZ, which asked Singer to confirm or deny actor Gabriel Byrne’s recent assertion that Spacey’s sexual misconduct had caused delays on the set of The Usual Suspects. Singer, as you might expect, denies this, claiming basically that the production was too intense to allow for any delays. As for Spacey, Singer says that “he’ll always be able to work—that’s up to the audience,” and when pressed on whether he’d work with Spacey again—a question implying other questions about Singer’s belief in Spacey’s innocence, as well as his own future—Singer demurred at first, before stammering, “These are loaded questions… He’s a guy that I helped launch his career. He’s an acquaintance of mine, and it depends on the project I guess.”
In other words, look out for The Usual Suspects 2: This Time It’s Us, coming to theaters sometime around 2028.