Apple made the surprise decision to withdraw its original movie The banker outside the annual festival of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The film was set to open at the festival tomorrow, but the release date is not yet clear.
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As reported by The New York Times, Apple The banker was scheduled to open tomorrow at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, with a theatrical release on December 6 and eventual availability on Apple TV +. The banker would have debuted at the AFI Fest on the coveted Thursday night.
In a statement, Apple said it learned of "some concerns" around the movie last week. Together with the filmmakers, Apple decided to postpone the premiere:
"Last week, some concerns surrounding the movie were brought to our attention," Apple said in a statement on Wednesday. "We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to analyze these issues and determine the best next steps."
Apple "has not yet made a decision about the theatrical release of the movie," according to The New York Times. The American Film Institute has not received the news of the move to date, indicating how last-minute Apple's decision was.
The banker is one of the first original Apple movies for Apple TV +. There is much anticipation around its release, and the fact that it was accepted for the AFI Fest closing night time was indicative that The banker could have potential awards.
Here is the summary Apple had provided for the movie starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson:
Inspired by a true story, "The Banker" focuses on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, who devise a bold and risky plan to take over the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s, helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. .
Together with Garrett's wife Eunice, they train working-class white men Matt Steiner to pose as the rich and privileged face of their growing real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as caretaker and driver. Their success draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens all that the four built.
A trailer for The banker can be seen below. It is unknown when the film will open to the public at this time. You can read more about Apple TV + in our complete guide here.
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