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Summit of the Gods Manga Gets French CG Animated Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
France/Belgium/Luxembourg co-production to adapt Jiro Taniguchi's manga

French animation news source Catsuka reported on Monday that Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will get a CG animated film. Julianne Films, a studio in France, is producing the film in collaboration with Belgium's Walking The Dog and Luxembourg's Mélusine Productions. Eric Valli and Jean-Christophe Roger will direct.

The manga is itself an adaptation of Baku Yumemakura's novel. The story follows Fukamachi, an avid wilderness photographer who discovers a link to the past in Kathmandu, Nepal. He finds a camera supposedly belonging to George Mallory, a mountaineer who went missing on Mt. Everest. After meeting Habu Joji, a well-known climber with a passionate drive for the mountain, the two set off to uncover a piece of lost history.

The series ran in Shueisha's Business Jump, and European company Fanfare / Ponent Mon publishes the manga in English.

The first volume was nominated for an Ignatz award in 2010, but didn't win. The English translation of the fourth volume was nominated for an Eisner award in 2014. Taniguchi was knighted in France in 2011.

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