Patrick Imbert’s Animated Film ‘The Summit of the Gods’ Is Getting A Netflix Release

Patrick Imbert’s animated adaption of Japanese author Baku Yumemakura’s 1998 novel and mangaka Jiro Taniguchi’s early 2000s historical manga ‘The Summit of the Gods.’ The film has been acquired by Netflix for a limited theatrical run before being added to the streaming service’s catalogue.
According to the official synopsis, the plot asks, “Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8th, 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.”
The movie is produced by Jean-Charles Ostorero, Didier Brunner (The Triplets of Belleville, Ernest & Celestine), Damien Brunner, and Stéphan Roelants. It is written by Magali Pouzol, Patrick Imbert, and Jean-Charles Ostorero.
The movie labored in production since 2015 before finally making its premier at Cannes where it was part of the festival’s 2021 Official Selection. It is set to be released in the “U.S. theaters on November 24, in the UK on November 26, and on Netflix on November 30.”
Netflix announced the acquisition through a press release, adding to a growing list of animated features including ‘Vivo,’ ‘Wish Dragon,’ and ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy.’
The novel won the prestigious literary prize Shibata Renzaburo Award in 1998 before it was adapted into a manga that ran for five volumes between 2000-2003. It was published by Shueisha, who placed it in their Business Jump magazine and it was later picked up by Fanfare/Ponent Mo for the UK and North American release.
‘The Summit of the Gods’ was first adapted into the live-action film ‘Everest: Kamigami no Itadaki,’ directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. It starred Junichi Okada, Hiroshi Abe, and Machiko Ono. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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