Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (outside France, Benelux, China, Japan, and Korea) to the animated feature The Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des Dieux), based 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 is releasing the film in select U.S. theaters on November 24, and in the UK on November 26, before streaming premieres on November 30.
The film asks the question: were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8, 1924? Only the little Kodak camera they took with them might 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 climber believed missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit 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 subsequent Ernest & Celestine. Screenwriters are Imbert, Ostorero, and Magali Pouzol. The Summit of the Gods was executive produced by Thibaut Ruby.