I have heard this premise brought up many times over the years (including today on this forum).
Here are a few things to consider:
1. MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN was considered a bomb when it was released in 1992. It only grossed $14 million. It was also poorly received critically (77% unfavorable reviews)
2. Other films that grossed around the same amount in 1992 and their composers:
a. A STRANGER AMONG US- Jerry Bock
b. AMERICAN ME- Claude Goudette
c. STRAIGHT TALK- Brad Fiedel
d. CONSENTING ADULTS- Michael Small
e. DEEP COVER- Michael Columbier
f. JUICE- Hank Shocklee
g. PET CEMETERY 2- Mark Governor
What are the reasons one would assume the composer of MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN would advance their career greatly based on that film?
Would that assumption have been different if the composer were male?
Did the male composers of similar films at the time advance their careers significantly based on their films?
What thoughts do we have on this premise?