Netflix has gained streaming rights to the animated feature The Summit of the Gods, which is set to stream on the platform from November 30, 2021, onwards.
Based on Jiro Taniguchi’s manga series that was originally derived from Baku Yumemakura’s 1998 novel, the film will focus on various questions regarding the daunting Everest climb in 1924. It will raise questions as to whether Andrew Irvine and George Mallory were indeed the first men to scale Mt Everest.
Directed by Patrick Imbert, known for The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, the answers to those questions in the film will be revealed via their tiny Kodak camera. A young Japanese reporter discovered the camera nearly 70 years later in the hands of an allegedly lost, socially recluse climber.
The inquisitive reporter, Fukamachi, will then embark on this harrowing quest of venturing into the world of mountaineers obsessed with impossible summit conquests and more.
Fukamachi’s curiosity will gradually make him traverse the summit of the gods. The film is based on the screenplay of Imbert, producer Jean-Charles Ostorero and Magali Pouzol.
It premiered at the 2021 Cannes Festival as a part of their Official selection and will get a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 24, 2021, before streaming on Netflix a week later.