In a virtually unprecedented development, AFI Fest was forced to make the final switch to their closing night movie, The Banker which was due to have its world premiere in Hollywood on Thursday night. The marriage story of Netflix which is already in theatrical release, was selected to occupy the slot.
The Banker, starring Anthony McKee, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hult, and Niya Long is Apple's first major movie release scheduled for December 6th, followed by Apple's new streaming service TV early next year. Sources at the company tell me that those plans are already on hold while Apple pauses and is investigating recently discovered and potentially damaging allegations that have emerged from a member of Gareth's family. McKee plays the late Bernard Gareth Sr. in True Story, set in 1963. George Nolfi is the director of the film and recently appeared on Deadline's The Contenders to talk about the movie with co-star Long. The allegations reported do not include anyone portrayed in the movie.
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Here is Apple's official announcement of the cancellation of AFI Fest:
The Banker earlier this year as we were thrilled with the fun and educational history of the film on social change and financial literacy. Last week, some concerns were raised about the movie. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these issues and determine the best next steps. In the light of this, we are no longer the premiere of The Banke r of AFI Fest, "the statement said.
Separately, the deadline learned that a family member equalized some worrying claims about Gareth Sir's son, Bernard Gareth Jr. and shared them with at least one Hollywood commercial planning a story.
Apple decided to independently download the reins of the magazine until they received further information and clarification. Garrett Jr. is among those involved in questions about questions and promotions around the movie, and was also a consultant Ant during production.