Some of us consider ourselves to be lucky enough to witness some of the most amazing sports icons of our time. These athletes, who have defined the word ‘legend’ in their own image in their respective sports, have been inspirations, heroes and even gods to the millions following them.
Earlier this week, we spoke about the release of football legend Diego Maradona’s documentary next month. Joining in the wave of sports documentaries is ‘SCHUMACHER’, based on the life of the greatest Formula 1 driver ever, Michael Schumacher.
The official feature film is fully supported by Michael’s family and is slated to release in the second half of this year. The major production will include interviews with Michael’s father Rolf, his wife Corinna, children Gina and Mick and many of the drivers during the reign of the global superstar.
Currently, in post-production, award-winning German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons are leading the project. The duo has previously worked on documentaries on former tennis ace Boris Becker and musician Udo Jurgens.
Rocket Science from London is executive producing the film and will also be handling international sales. The marketing campaign is set to commence at the Cannes festival this year.
Rocket Science said that the film will “explore the many facets of this complex man – the merciless Formula 1 driver, the ambitious boy with the dream, the down-to-earth mechanic, the dependable team player, and the devoted friend and father”.
From Michael’s management team, Sabine Kehm confirmed that Michael’s family is fully supporting the team and said, “Michael’s outstanding career deserves to be celebrated 25 years after he achieved his first out of seven world championship titles. We are happy this film will be in the hands of such ambitious and sensitive professionals.”
Now that’s not all, there is a documentary on cricket legend Shane Warne that is also reported to be in the works. Entertainment giants, Eclipse Films is teaming up with production company Gospel and documentary distributors Dogwoof for the feature on the bowling great.
Titled ‘Shane’, the film will focus on Warne’s larger-than-life character, personal struggles including a drug ban, a high-profile divorce and the rise of arguably the greatest bowler in world cricket.
The feature documentary is directed by Jon Carey and Adam Darke.
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