Apple announced Wednesday, on the eve of a prestigious film festival in Los Angeles, that it was canceling the presentation of the film. The Banker, with Samuel L. Jackson, due to unspecified “concerns”.
The film, produced by Apple for its new streaming platform, is inspired by the true story of two black American businessmen, Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, who defied the racial laws of the 1950s in the United States. United and recruited a white worker to install him at the head of their company.
“Last week concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention,” Apple said in a statement to AFP.
“We need some time with the filmmakers to look at these questions and determine the best steps for the future. This is why we no longer present The Banker at the AFI festival, ”says Apple, without giving any details on the nature of these last-minute“ concerns ”.
According to some media closely following Hollywood, this cancellation is linked to allegations made by a member of the family of Bernard Garrett, one of the entrepreneurs featured in the film.
The Banker, which was to be unveiled Thursday night at the AFI Festival of the American Film Institute, will be replaced by Marriage Story, drama with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver given among the favorites for the Oscars.
“We support Apple’s decision to postpone the premiere, and thank our friends at Netflix for allowing us to screen Marriage Story, hailed by the critics, reacted a spokesperson for AFI questioned by AFP.
The Banker was one of the first films produced by the tech giant for its new video-on-demand service, Apple TV +, launched on 1is November. After its presentation in Los Angeles, the work was to be broadcast in streaming from December 6.