A few weeks back, Netflix announced that it was to release a documentary about seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher on 15 September. Now, there’s a trailer previewing the film, and it looks promising.
Simply called ‘Schumacher’, it comes from the production team responsible for Boris Becker documentary ‘Der Spieler’. Described as “the only film supported by his family,” it pulls together newly shot contributions from family members and industry figures with archive footage of the Schumacher’s motorsport exploits.
It’ll go right back to Michael’s early days in karts, and feature a decent helping of previously unreleased footage. It’s said to provide “a very sensitive and critical portrait of the seven-time world champion,” who hasn’t been seen since suffering a brain injury during a skiing accident in 2013.
The documentary will feature contributions from Schumacher’s wife Corinna, his daughter Gina, and his son Mick, now an F1 driver himself. His brother Ralf will be in it too, along with other F1 figures including Sebastian Vettel, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone.
Corinna Schumacher was key to getting the documentary off the ground, director Vanessa Nöcker said when the film was first announced. “She herself wanted to make an authentic film, to show Michael as he is, with all his ups and downs, without any sugarcoating,” Nöcker said, adding, “She was great and brave enough to let us do what we wanted, and so we respected and kept her boundaries. A very inspiring, warm woman who made a lasting impression on all of us.”
The one-hour, 52-minute documentary is Netflix’s latest foray into motorsport, following the success of Formula 1: Drive to Survive, which will enter its fourth season in 2022.