It has been a bit of a bumpy road for one of the first films for Apple TV+, The Banker, but it looks like Apple has decided to finally release it.
According to reports, Apple has decided to release The Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), in March of this year (via Variety). Specifically, the film will see its debut in theaters on March 6, 2020, and then it will makes its official bow on Apple TV+ on March 20, 2020, per Jeff Sneider:
BREAKING: Following an extensive review of the situation, Apple has decided to release the Anthony Mackie-Samuel L. Jackson movie THE BANKER in theaters on March 6, 2020 and on Apple TV Plus two weeks later on March 20. pic.twitter.com/tmD6CDiyiz
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 16, 2020
Per a spokesperson, speaking to Variety:
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.
Apple saw the film pulled from the AFI Film Fest late last year, and then the company subsequently delayed its launch following allegations put forth by family members of one of the men presented in the film over abuse by one of the film’s executive producers — who was also a family member.
Apple delayed the release to investigate the reports.
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,’ starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult will be released theatrically on March 6, 2020 and available on Apple TV Plus on March 20, 2020.
Here’s the official trailer for the upcoming film, along with its description:
Inspired by true events, “The Banker” centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) is directing.