Apple Releasing 'The Banker' in Theaters in March Following Review of Abuse Accusations

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Apple plans to release "The Banker," an original Apple TV+ movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, in theaters in March, reports Variety.

The movie was originally meant to premiere at the AFI Fest ahead of a December theatrical release, but Apple delayed its debut after "concerns" surrounding the film were brought to the company's attention.


Apple's hesitation came after a family member of one of the men represented in the film accused one of the film's executive producers (another family member) of abuse. Apple investigated the issue and has decided to release the movie. Apple's statement to Variety on the matter:

We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe 'The Banker,' inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories.

We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand -- and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers' research, we've decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers.

"The Banker" is based on the true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, who devised a plan to help African Americans get access to real estate deals and bank loans during the 1960s. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, "The Banker" stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long.

Following a theatrical debut on March 6, the film will be released on ‌Apple TV+‌ on March 20.

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
13 months ago
I don't care how much it hurts continuity, I'm watching this as a Nick Fury and Falcon origin story.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nortofthe13th Avatar
13 months ago


We just unsubscribed. The slow drip of new shows has the tap turned off at this rate.

Even with one new show a month (and there’s usually been at least two) it’s the price of a rental and less than a coffee... To each their own, but I’ve been happy with the rate so far! Besides, there are other shows on HBO and other platforms that I enjoy so I don’t expect to be constantly bombarded by mediocre content (Ehem- Netflix). There’s so much in development alone, the future looks promising. I can’t wait for The Banker!


I got a free year from buying a new appleTV. After that I probably won't renew. I only cared for See at this point.

See was fantastic! With Season 2 in progress and Dave Bautista joining the cast it’s sounding like a great follow up! Here’s to more sci-fi/fantasy/action-adventure shows!
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13 months ago
We just unsubscribed. The slow drip of new shows has the tap turned off at this rate.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleHealth Avatar
13 months ago
I can’t wait for this! Hope there are more high quality, scripted TV shows and movies on the way!
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Kyle4 Avatar
13 months ago


Even with one new show a month (and there’s usually been at least two) it’s the price of a rental and less than a coffee..

I'm enjoying TV+ for what it is but where are you getting your coffee that it’s more then $5? A large/Venti at Starbucks in Canada is $3.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iRutherford Avatar
13 months ago
Thank goodness!
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