14th May 2019 | Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
A film about Michael Schumacher is set to be released six years after the F1 champion was seriously injured in a ski accident.
The documentary has the backing of the German racing driver’s family and is expected to include contributions from his wife Corinna and his father Rolf.
It will mark the 25th anniversary of 50-year-old Schumacher’s first Formula One title.
It is due to open in cinemas, initially in Germany and Switzerland, in December, six years to the month since his accident.
The film is not, however, expected to reveal details about the state of Schumacher’s health.
He has not been seen in public since he suffered a severe brain injury in a fall in Meribel in the French Alps on 29th December 2013.
He spent six months in hospital before being allowed home to continue his rehabilitation.
No reliable information has been released about his health and his family has always closely guarded his privacy.
The feature-length documentary , simply called ‘Schumacher’, will reportedly be a personal tribute to him by his family and friends.
It will tell his story from his childhood go-karting to his seven F1 titles.
It will also document his near-fatal ski accident.
It is the first film to be officially sanctioned by the Schumacher family.
According to newspaper reports, it will incorporate footage from the family archives, including scenes of Schumacher at home with his family.
His 50th birthday celebrations last January will also feature.
On the eve of his birthday the family issued a rare public statement:
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands,” said his family and wife, Corinna.
“We are doing everything humanly possible to help him.”
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”
The film has been made by award-winning film makers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns.
“Michael’s outstanding career merits a celebration 25 years after the first of his seven titles,” said Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm.
“We are very happy that this film is in such sensitive and amibitious hands.”
The film trailer will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 14th to 25th May.
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