An official documentary on seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is set to be released later this year.
Titled SCHUMACHER, the film is being made by award-winning German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons – the pair joined forces previously for documentaries on tennis sensation Boris Becker and musician Udo Jurgens.
Currently in post-production, the work features interviews with Michael’s father Rolf, his wife Corinna and his children Gina and Mick among others. Unseen archive footage of the German’s career will also make an appearance.
The film is being produced by Benjamin Seikel and Vanessa Nocker of B/14 FILM – DCM will be responsible for its release in Germany.
London-based Rocket Science is executive producing and handling international sales – their marketing of the documentary will kick off at the Cannes film festival.
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Rocket Science told Autosport the film will “explore the many facets of this complex man – the merciless Formula 1 driver, the ambitious boy with the dream, the down-to-earth mechanic, the dependable team player, and the devoted friend and father”.
“It is an important year for Michael Schumacher – with his 50th birthday in January and the 25th anniversary of his first world championship victory in November,” producer Seikel told Autosport.
“We are thrilled to have the trusting co-operation of Michael Schumacher’s family and management; without their support this film would not have been possible.”
Nocker added: “It is time for a film. And it goes without saying that we are very much aware of the great responsibility we bear here.”
Sabine Kehm of Schumacher’s management team gave the family’s full backing to the project.
“Michael’s outstanding career deserves to be celebrated 25 years after he achieved his first out of seven world championship titles,” she said.
“We are happy this film will be in the hands of such ambitious and sensitive professionals.”