Schumacher documentary in the works and headed to Cannes

Germany's Michael Schumacher smiles in the pit area after completing his second qualifying session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in this

"It is an important year for Michael Schumacher", said producer Seikel.

The story of the 50-year-old Formula One racing legend is set to be told in a feature-length documentary which will hit cinemas in Germany and Switzerland in December this year and has the full backing of his family, including his wife of 24 years, Corinna, and the couple's two children, Gina, 22, and Mick, 20.

Schumacher turned 50 on 3 January but has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in the French Alps five years ago which left him with severe head injuries and in a medically-induced coma.

Schumacher's long-time manager Sabine Kehm said of the film: "Michael's outstanding career merits a celebration 25 years after the first of his seven world titles".

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.

He retired for good in 2012 and still holds various other F1 records, such as most race wins with 91.

The German driver is recognized as one of the best Formula One drivers of all time. He has written and directed in-depth documentaries about controversial figures such as Gerhard Schroder and Marine Le Pen. "We are happy this film will be in the hands of such ambitious and sensitive professionals". 14 FILM are producing along with DCM, which will release the film in German-speaking territories. Together, they have worked on projects such as "Boris Becker: Der Spieler".

Titled "Schumacher", the film will tell the story of how he went from karting to dominating the world stage of motorsport and is expected to be the first time his family have spoken about the accident that almost cost him his life.

The executive producers say the film is in post-production and that they will offer it for sale for worldwide markets outside Germany at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

"It is time for a film", adds Nocker. "But of course we're very aware of the responsibility that comes with it".

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