‘The Banker’: Apple Cancels Premiere Of Samuel L. Jackson And Anthony Mackie Movie
Apple has abruptly canceled the Los Angeles premiere of “The Banker,” a debut movie from the tech company that signaled its ambition to become a major player in streaming video.
The Banker is based on the true story of two black businessmen who overcame racial prejudice by enlisting a white man to front their bank in 1960s Texas.
The film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, was purchased by Apple earlier this year and was scheduled to be shown at the American Film Institute’s annual festival.
The red carpet premiere was due to take place on the closing night of the American Film Institute [AFI] Festival in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The film is due to have a cinema release on 6 December before being available on Apple TV+ in January.
In a statement, Apple said: “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. We, along with the film-makers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps.”In light of this, we are no longer premiering The Banker at AFI Fest.”
Apple () did not say what concerns about the film had been uncovered. It declined to comment further when asked for additional details.
Apple said in a statement they were “moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy.”
When announcing the premiere in October, AFI Festivals director Michael Lumpkin said:
“The Banker joins a remarkable group of films being released this year that openly confront centuries of racism and injustice in our country, while c
“The Banker” had already generated buzz as a potential contender at the Academy Awards.
The Banker stars Anthony Mackie as Garrett and his Avengers co-star Samuel L Jackson as Garrett’s partner Joe Morris