Apple has decided to postpone the release of the original film The Banker, which was due to hit theaters on December 6, as filmmakers are investigating allegations of historical misrepresentation and sexual misconduct, according tomedia outlet Apple Insider. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Variety reported Friday that the film was scheduled to air on the Apple TV Plus streaming service in January, but that it was delayed because of delays in the release of the theater.
The filmmakers are investigating claims of historical intruth and sexual misconduct by co-producer and consultant Bernard Garrett Jr., based on his father’s true story. Last week, Cynthia Garrett mediated the allegations, the report said. The woman claimed that Garrett Jr. was her half-brother. Garrett Jr. is not mentioned in the film.
“The Banker” was scheduled to premiere Thursday at the AFI Film Festival, but Apple announced Wednesday that it had decided to cancel the film’s premiere. The company did not specify the cause in a statement, saying only that it was investigating the “concerns” raised by the film.
“We bought The Banker earlier this year because we were struck by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy,” Apple said at the time. Some concerns about the film last week caught our attention. Together with the filmmakers, it takes some time to study these issues and determine the best next steps. In view of this, we cancelled the premiere of “The Banker” at the AFI Film Festival. “
“The Banker” is based on the true story of two African-American businessmen. They pretended in the 1960s that their company was run by white people and eventually built a successful real estate and banking empire. Anthony Mackie plays the late Bernard Garrett Sr. and Samuel L. Jackson as Joe Morris.