Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.
In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some concerns” surrounding “The Banker” and needs “some time to look into these matters.” An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate.
»RELATED: ‘The Banker’ filmed in metro Atlanta
One source with knowledge of Apple’s decision, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told The New York Times a relative of one of the film’s main characters had raised some concerns.
The American Film Institute did not receive news of Apple’s decision until Wednesday. “Marriage Story,” a Netflix movie starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, will close the festival in its place. Apple has yet to make a final decision about the film’s theatrical release.
The based-on-a-true-story film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Mackie plays Bernard Garrett who in the 1950s and ‘60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds.
The film is Apple’s boldest step yet into moviemaking. A theatrical release is scheduled for Dec. 6, after which it would be a part of the company’s new streaming service, Apple TV Plus.
AFI said it would replace "The Banker" with a screening of Noah Baumbach's Netflix release "Marriage Story" as its closing-night film.
The movie was filmed in downtown Douglasville, Atlanta and Newnan for shoots, according to Backstage.
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