UPDATE: The film premiere of “The Banker” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Nia Long has been cancelled.
Just 2 days ago drenchedinblack.com announced that the film about the first black banker was to premiere on December 6th in theatres. Afterwhich it was due to stream on Apple TV+. We have since learned that the entire project may be shelved.
Inspired by the true story of Bernard Garrett, a black man who enlisted a white man to pose as the face of a real estate and banking empire, Anthony Mackie portrays Garrett, while Samuel L. Jackson takes on the role of his business partner Joe Morris.
“The Banker” Cancelled Due To Sexual Allegations Against The Son of the Movie’s Subject
According to reports from THR, the half-sisters of Garrett’s son—Bernard Garrett Jr.—recently made Apple aware that Garrett Jr. allegedly “sexually molested them over the course of a few years,” starting in the early 1970s.
They go on to allege that the film’s timeline was altered to keep them and their mother out, choosing only to include a depiction of Garrett Sr.’s first wife.
Bossip reports that Garrett Jr. has since stepped down from the film as a producer, and all traces of him have been stripped from promotional material about the story.
“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.”
“Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps.”
See the original story here.
No word if the project will ever see the light of day.
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