What you need to know
- The wives of Bernard Garrett Sr. have asked Apple to shelve 'The Banker'.
- Apple had just announced on Thursday that the film will be released in March.
- Garrett's former wives say that the film is inaccurate and has caused harm to their family.
Apple had just announced on Thursday that their original film 'The Banker', which has been delayed since November due to an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against one of the film's co-producers, was finally set to premiere in theaters and Apple TV+ in March. Now, two wives of the late Bernard Garrett, subject of 'The Banker', are asking for Apple to suspend the film's release indefinitely.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Linda Garrett and Kathy Ussery Garrett, former wives of Bernard Garrett Sr., say that the film is inaccurate and should not see a release. Todd Burns, Linda Garrett's attorney, told the Hollywood Reporter that the film distorts the truth and has caused harm to the Garrett family.
After Apple had originally canceled the release of the film after learning of the allegations against Bernard Garrett Jr., who was credited as a co-producer of the film, the company announced on Thursday that they had concluded their investigation and felt confident in moving forward with its release.
Apple has said that Bernard Garrett Jr. has had his co-producer credit removed from the film and that he will not be entitled to any profits from it either. However, Ussery Garrett, who was married to Bernard Garrett Sr. at the time of his passing, says that "Bernard Jr. has already been paid for this movie. He should not have been allowed to profit from this."
Linda Garrett penned an open letter to Apple and the film's producers that aims to prove the inaccuracies of the film and convince the company to cancel the release indefinitely. In the letter, she expresses her frustration in the fact that all of this could have been avoided in the filmmakers had contacted her about the family's story.
Apple or the filmmakers have not responded to Linda Garrett's letter or requests for comment from The Hollywood Reporter, but the filmmakers did release a statement on Thursday expressing empathy to the family as well as continued confidence in the film's release.
'The Banker', starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult, is currently set to be released in theaters on March 6, 2020, and be available on Apple TV+ shortly after on March 20, 2020.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.