It’s been just over five years since Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son, Mick, in the French Alps.
He went into a medically-induced coma after the accident and since then updates have been few and far between, with the German’s family wanting to keep their privacy.
According to Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, he’s always been a private individual.
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“In general, the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private life,” said Kehm in 2016. “When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.
“Once in a long discussion, Michael said to me: ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’
“I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that someday. That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.”
German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons are directing the film, which has “the full support of Schumacher’s family”.
According to Yahoo Sport, it will include interviews with his father, wife and children and previously unseen archival footage, including scenes of Schumacher at home.
“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.”
In terms of what is currently known about Schumacher, the German magazine Bunte claims he was spotted by neighbours spending time at his luxury £26m villa in Majorca earlier in 2019.
Schumacher arrived by helicopter at Port d’Andratx for the Christmas holidays and also celebrated his 50th birthday there on January 3.
Medical staff accompanied Schumacher to Villa Yasmin, which previously belonged to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and has two swimming pools, a large garden and a helipad.
Schumacher’s family also released a statement on Instagram recently explaining that he’s receiving the best possible care and that they want to maintain their privacy.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” it read.
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
“At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.”
Last year, a close family member of Schumacher’s revealed to French magazine Paris Match that the 50-year-old is showing emotions.
Heartbreakingly, Schumacher “sometimes cries” when he sits in his wheelchair facing out of his home in the town of Gland, overlooking the Lake Geneva.
“When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries,” said the relative, per the Mirror.
Schumacher’s son, Mick, hopes to make his father proud by emulating his success in the sport that made him famous.
“The goal is to win in Formula One that is the aim,” said the 19-year-old. “My dad had a huge influence on my career.
“He was my idol and I am following everything he did and see if I can use it myself and I am really happy with that.
“You still have to show what you can do. That’s my goal. I want to prove that I am a proper racing driver and not only show I have got the same name.”