Apple has announced that they will delay the theatrical release of their upcoming film, The Banker. The film stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as Joe Morris and Bernard Garrett, a trailblazing entrepreneurial duo that revolutionized the real estate market. Initially, the film was set to be released in theaters next month. However, that plan has changed after troubling allegations regarding one of the film’s producers were made public.
The film was set to headline AFI Fest last week. That plan was changed when two of Bernard Garrett’s daughters revealed that they had been allegedly sexually molested by their half brother, Bernard Garrett Jr. Furthermore, they claim that the film misrepresents the family’s history.
Garrett Jr. served as a co-producer film, but has been removed from all promotional materials. Since the allegations became public, Apple has issued a statement.
Apple stated, “We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention.”
The company adds, “We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps.”
As of now, the film will still be made available on Apple TV+ on December 6th. With that being said, there is no projected date in regards to when or if it will hit theaters.