Apple Delays ‘The Banker’ Release Amid Abuse Claims

The Banker (Credit: Apple)

Apple is delaying the planned theatrical release of The Banker following sexual abuse claims against Bernard Garrett Jr., son of the real-life character played by Anthony Mackie.

The drama had been scheduled to arrive in theaters on Dec. 6 for a limited run.

On Friday came news that the release would be delayed indefinitely as the tech giant looks into allegations against Garrett, a co-producer on the film whose name was recently removed from publicity materials.

Following its theatrical release, The Banker had been slated to appear on Apple’s new streaming service in January, which now seems doubtful.

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The uncertainty comes after the company abruptly canceled the film’s Nov. 21 premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Hollywood.

“Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention,” Apple said in a statement Wednesday, a day before the premiere. “We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps.”

As previously reported, two of Garrett’s relatives have accused him of molesting them when they were little girls. They also claim the film is full of inaccuracies.

The Banker is based on the life of Garrett’s father, Bernard Garrett Sr., who in the 1950s and ’60s recruited a white man to front his real estate business in order to help African Americans overcome racial barriers and secure bank loans. The film co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult. It’s directed by George Nolfi.

The movie was being positioned as an awards season contender, but with its theatrical release delayed, it’s possible the film will miss the deadline to qualify for the upcoming Academy Awards.