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Michael Schumacher documentary to be released in December

Michael Schumacher documentary to be released in December”

The family of the former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher hope to start a bidding war for the first "official" documentary about his life. In 2013, he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident that left him in an induced coma for six months, from which he is still in recovery.

The story of Michael Schumacher is the subject of an global cinema documentary to be released at the end of the year, to mark his 50th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his first world championship victory.

Producers said of the feature length film: "The film portrays not just an incomparable career, but also the many facets of a complex man". "Without their support, this film would not have been possible", he said.

Sabine Kehm, speaking for Schumacher's family, said his "outstanding career deserves to be celebrated".

The highlights of his F1 career, his sporting highs and lows, will be as much a part of this story as previously unseen archive material, which illuminates the uncompromising driver, ambitious boy, pragmatic mechanic and team player as well as the family man.

"It is an important year for Michael Schumacher", said Seikel, "with his 50th birthday in January and the 25th anniversary of his first World Championship victory in November". She added: "We are happy this film will be in the hands of such ambitious and sensitive professionals".

"We are thrilled to have the trusting co-operation of Michael Schumacher's family and management".

The film is due for release in German and Swiss cinemas on 5 December, while the foreign licence rights - including streaming service access - will be up for grabs at the upcoming Cannes film festival, when the film's trailer will be shown publicly for the first time.

Schumacher's medical condition has been held a closely-guarded secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing on the French Alps more than five years ago.

The former driver, who won a record 91 races during his glittering grand prix career, spent almost six months in an induced coma after the crash.

Although, earlier this year he was reportedly spotted arriving at his family's holiday home in Majorca.

"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 German then moved to Ferrari where he went on to dominate the sport before calling time on his career in 2006.

He is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships.



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