Michael Schumacher's family takes long-awaited public step

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will be the subject of a documentary about his life, the film's executive producers say.

German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons are directing the film, which executive producer Rocket Science says counts on the “full support of Schumacher's family”.

The film will "explore the many facets of this complex man – the merciless Formula One driver, the ambitious boy with the dream, the down-to-earth mechanic, the dependable team player, and the devoted friend and father".

It will include interviews with his father, wife and children and previously unseen archival footage.

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

"His 50th birthday (was) in January and the 25th anniversary of his first world championship victory in November.

“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."

Michael Schumacher and wife Corinna pictured together in 2005. Pic: Getty

Schumacher holds a record seven F1 titles and 91 grand prix victories.

He suffered a traumatic head injury when he fell while skiing in 2013.

He later emerged from a drug-induced coma, but updates have been scarce since he left the hospital.

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

"It is time for a film," producer Vanessa Nocker.

"And it goes without saying that we are very much aware of the great responsibility we bear here."

One report suggests the documentary will be launched in December.

with AP