A new documentary film about Michael Schumacher featuring private recordings from family has had its release date delayed after more than two years in the making.
The project - simply titled Schumacher - was originally planned for release in December 2019 before being pushed back to late 2020 to allow extra time for final approval. Now due to the coronavirus pandemic the release has been put on hold again, with no confirmed date having yet been announced.
"The film is finished," director and producer Vanessa Nocker from Hamburg-based company B/14 Film told Express.de. "The situation is very complicated by corona. In this respect, we can't give a date at the moment and ask for a little patience."
Plans for the film were first announced back in 2019. The project has received full backing from Schumacher’s family and will feature contributions from his wife Corinna, father Rolf, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick, who himself begins his Formula 1 career in 2021. The documentary will also feature unseen archive footage.
Sabine Kehm of Schumacher’s management team has revealed what fans can expect from the movie.
"The film is intended to portray Michael's incomparable career, but also to show the many facets of a complex man," Kehm explained. "The merciless and daredevil Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family father."
Schumacher’s life has been kept away from the public eye since the seven-times Formula 1 world champion suffered head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013, with the family opting not to publicly share details of the state of his health.
The film has been made by award-winning German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, who have previously worked together on documentaries about tennis player Boris Becker and musician Udo Jurgens.