From a media release:
A corrupt government, a deadly secret and a race against time all unravel in the mini-series The Summit coming to CBC TV this July 19 & 26 at 8pm
- With an all-star cast featuring: Bruce Greenwood, James Purefoy, Rachelle Lefevre, Mia Maestro, Stephen McHattie and Lisa Ray with Wendy Crewson and Christopher Plummer
The highly anticipated four-hour, two-part miniseries The Summit will air on CBC TV beginning with ‘Night One’ on Sunday July 19 from 8pm-10pm and continuing with ‘Night Two’ on Sunday July 26 at 8pm-10pm. The Summit is an original screenplay by award-winning writer John Krizanc (H2O, ZOS: Zone of Separation) about a North American military-engineered smallpox virus smuggled into Canada as world leaders gather for the G8 Summit.
The international all-star cast for The Summit includes, Bruce Greenwood, Christopher Plummer, James Purefoy, Rachelle Lefevre, Wendy Crewson, Stephen McHattie, Mia Maestro and Lisa Ray. The Summit is produced by Shaftesbury Films (The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries) and Media Headquarters (The Great Polar Bear Adventure, Outlaw In-Laws).
As Canadian Prime Minister Adderly (Bruce Greenwood – Star Trek), U.S. President Aimes (Christopher Plummer – Syriana) and other world leaders gather to meet at the G8 Summit, Leonie Adderly (Rachelle Levefre – Twilight), grad student and daughter of the PM, and Columbian union organizer Maria (Mia Maestro – Alias) are preparing to release an explosive documentary about the conditions of the Columbian flower industry at the Alternate Summit, a gathering of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.
Meanwhile, a U.S. military-engineered strain of smallpox is smuggled into Canada and finds its way within the walls of the summit. With leading CDC investigator Dr. Thom Lightstone (James Purefoy – The Philanthropist), U.S. Chief of Staff Ellie Bruckner (Wendy Crewson – ReGenesis), head of the U.S. Black Ops, Tate (Stephen McHattie – The Watchmen), and reporter Rebecca Downey (Lisa Ray – Water) on-site, a search gets underway for the bio-terrorist before the results turn deadly.
Directed by Nick Copus (The 4400, The Days of the Triffids), The Summit is produced by Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen for Media Headquarters and Adam Haight for Shaftesbury Films and Robin Neinstein. It is Executive Produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films and Justin Bodle for Power Corporation. Written by John Krizanc (H2O), the Director of Photography is Alwyn Kumst (The Dresden Files), and Production Designer is Tim Bider (Terry). The Summit shot on location in and around London, England, Toronto, Ecuador, Hamilton, Huntsville, Parry Sound and Sudbury.