Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights (excluding France, Benelux, China, Japan and Korea) to the animated feature film The Summit of the Gods (The Summit of the Gods), based on the popular manga series written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, originally based on the 1998 novel by Baku Yumemakura. The film premiered earlier this year in Cannes as part of the festival’s 2021 official selection. Netflix releases the film in select US theaters on November 24 and in the UK on November 26, before premiering on November 30.
The film asks the question: Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to climb Everest on June 8, 1924? Only the little Kodak camera they took with them could reveal the truth. In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, an outcast mountaineer believed to have been missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive climbers eager for impossible conquests on a journey that takes him, step by step, to the top of the gods.
Directed by Patrick Imbert, co-director of The big bad fox and Other tales, the film is produced by Jean-Charles Ostorero, Stéphan Roelants and Didier Brunner, best known for the award-winning animated comedy The Triplets of Belleville and the rest Ernest and Celestine. The writers are Imbert, Ostorero and Magali Pouzol. The Summit of the Gods was produced by Thibaut Ruby.