AFI Fest abruptly cancels Apple’s ‘The Banker’ as closing-night film in unprecedented move

“In a virtually unprecedented development, AFI Fest has been forced to make a last minute switch of their closing night film, The Banker which was scheduled to have its World Premiere in Hollywood Thursday night. Netflix’s Marriage Story, already in theatrical release, has been tapped to take the slot,” Pete Hammond reports for Deadline:

The Banker, which stars Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long is Apple’s first major film release, scheduled to hit theatres on December 6, and then Apple TV’s new streaming service early next year. I am told by sources within the company that those plans are now on hold while Apple takes a pause and investigates recently uncovered, and potentially damaging, charges that have surfaced from a family member of the late Bernard Garrett Sr, the man Mackie plays in the true story set in 1963.

Deadline has learned a person related to Garrett Sr. has leveled some troubling allegations about the late entrepreneur and shared them with at least one Hollywood trade paper which is planning a story. This has led Apple to pull the reins in on the release until they get further information and clarification.

MacDailyNews Take: Ay yi yi.

Apple’s official statement:

“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 filmmakers, 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.”


    1. You guys can’t have it both ways. When the project was announced, the consensus on this site was that the movie itself was total crap because it was “woke.” It was to tell an inspiring true story about how African-American entrepreneurs gamed the system to become successful bankers in Houston during the days within living memory when people of color, Jews, and women were walled firmly out in one of America’s largest cities. That had to be a fantasy, because everybody knows that only white American males experience any discrimination in the USA (/s).

      If it turns out that one of the major characters was diddling his minor relatives, or whatever, that alters the narrative. Releasing it without eliminating that possibility isn’t “woke.” It is what any prudent film studio would do. You don’t see reruns of “The Bill Cosby Show” much any more, do you?

      This is not the sort of project that progressives, Democrats, or libtards would want to see cancelled unless that is absolutely necessary. Hence the due diligence by Apple, rather than an outright cancellation.

      1. There is no law that a movie has to be about the entirety of someone’s life. The movie is about his banking escapades, not his extracurricular escapades. You don’t see Rambo’s dentist visits, for example.

        The only “law” there is that if someone did something bad, a movie or TV show they did about something else entirely can no longer be exhibited, comes from sanctimonious SJW stupid fux like you.

        The movie should be shown. The Cosby Show should be aired/streaming.

        Actual adults are capable of discernment. Cancel Culture dimwits like you are vomitous fools.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.