In a virtually unprecedented development, AFI Fest has been forced to make a last-minute adaptation of their closing night movie, The Banker which was scheduled to have its world premiere in Hollywood on Thursday night. Netflix's Wedding Story, already in theatrical release, has been dropped to take the groove.
The Banker, who plays Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long is Apple's first major movie release, scheduled to hit theaters on December 6, and then Apple TV's new streaming service at the beginning of next year. I hear from sources within the company that these plans are now on hold while Apple is taking a break and investigating recently revealed and potentially harmful allegations that have emerged from a Garrett family member. Mackie plays the late Bernard Garrett Sr. in the true story that emerged in 1963. George Nolfi is the film's director and recently appeared on Deadline & # 39; s The Contenders event to talk about the film with co-star Long. The reported charges do not involve anyone appearing in the film.
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Here is Apple's official statement about AFI Fest cancellation:
"We bought The Banker earlier this year when we were touched by the film's entertaining and educational story of social change and economic literacy. Last week, some problems were highlighted about the film. We, together with the filmmakers, need some time to investigate these issues and determine the best next steps. Against this background, we no longer award The Banke at AFI Fest, ”the statement reads.
Separate Deadline has learned a family member has leveled out some worrying allegations about Garrett Sr.'s son, Bernard Garrett Jr. and shared them with at least one Hollywood trade document planning a story.
Nothing related to Apple having decided on its own to pull the reins at release until they receive further information and clarification. Garrett Jr. has been among those who participated in Q & As and marketing activities around the film and was also a consultant during the production.