Apple cancels world premiere of film 'The Banker' after unspecified 'concerns'


Apple Inc has canceled the world premiere of movie "The Banker," one of its first original films, as it investigates unspecified concerns surrounding the period drama, the company said on Wednesday."The Banker" was supposed to debut on Thursday in Hollywood at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest."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," Apple said in a statement.

"Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention," the company added. "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," the company said.

"The Banker" is based on the real-life story of two African-American businessmen in the 1960s who sought to help people overcome racial barriers in banking. The movie stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson.

Apple has been buying movies to feed Apple TV+, the subscription video streaming service that the iPhone maker launched this month.

"The Banker" is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec 6 before streaming on Apple TV+. Apple did not say whether those plans remain in place.

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Colour me intrigued.

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The trailer is really good. Apple homepage, under TV.

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More #metoo nonsense, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty, and why is the rest of the cast being penalized for the alleged actions of one person?

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metoo nonsense

You consider sexual assault to be nonsense? You and your kind are what is wrong here, to think profits should trump a criminal investigation.

Apple chooses, quite rightly, not to release a film while this accusation - of the rape of minors - hangs over it. No doubt they will release at a later date. Don't worry, your investment in the film is safe.

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I don't think he discounts the assaults and alleged assaults. The issue is punishing all the other actors and investors who had nothing to do with the crime and alleged crime (don't know if convicted yet, sorry). Even delays can hurt investments as people can pull out of what they view is a sinking ship. Imagine you're in a restaurant and police arrest the person sitting next to you. The police then proceed to freeze your bank accounts just because you were a few seats away from that guy.

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Sure, you'll get your money back (unfrozen), after a delay.

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With mass media, while courts maintain innocent until proven guilty, your reputation (and hence your ability to get a job) are ruined. I know britain used to have a rule that not only protected the identity of the victim, but of the accused as well. It's no more prior restraint than protection of victims identity alone. We may need to go back to that due to mass media.

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Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention,

What concerns. I've no idea

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