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Netflix slates Michael Schumacher documentary

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired the exclusive global rights to Schumacher, a new feature documentary about Formula 1 racing superstar Michael Schumacher. The film traces the life and career of the ...
July 30, 2021

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired the exclusive global rights to Schumacher, a new feature documentary about Formula 1 racing superstar Michael Schumacher.

The film traces the life and career of the motorsports legend, who won seven world championships and racked up 91 victories, featuring interviews with Schumacher’s father and his brother Ralf, his wife Corinna and his two children Gina and Mick — now an F1 driver himself — as well as his former teammates and rivals. They tell Schumacher’s story of a fighter who pushed the boundaries of his sport while remaining a team player who treated people with respect.

Schumacher was directed by Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Vanessa Nöcker and Michael Wech and produced by Benjamin Seikel and Nöcker from B|14 FILM GmbH.

Netflix will debut the film worldwide on September 15, almost 30 years to the day from Schumacher’s F1 debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. London-based Rocket Science is representing sales and distribution of the film worldwide and facilitated the deal with the streamer.

“This deeply personal portrait of Michael Schumacher will inspire and touch his fans that followed his career, and introduce this iconic personality to our members worldwide who may not be familiar with the star’s huge Formula 1 accolades. We would especially like to thank Rocket Science, the producers, and Michael Schumacher’s family for their great trust,” said Kai Finke, Netflix’s director of EMEA TV licensing, in a release.

Added Seikel: “The documentary was a big challenge and needed a lot of time and sensitivity, considering the pressure that was put on the production from the outside. But thanks to a great team and a really great collaboration with the family, we didn’t let ourselves get rattled. We’re grateful that it’s finally getting underway and excited about its global release on Netflix. The film was always intended to be an international documentary and we’re confident it will be embraced as such.”

Photo by CliveRose/GettyImages 

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