Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.
The as-yet unnamed Amazon show, which was announced on Thursday, ended months of speculation after Clarkson was dropped by the BBC following a fracas with a producer.
The new show, will be produced by Andy Wilman, ‘Top Gear’’s longtime executive producer, and is due to go into production shortly for airing in 2016, according to Amazon.
"I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship," said Clarkson on the news, offering yet another dig at his former employer. On Thursday morning, Clarkson tweeted the news.
Chris Evans has taken over as the main host of Top Gear on the BBC. It is not yet known who else will be joining the line-up.
Amazon won the global rights to the new series, meaning it will appear on Prime video in the U.S., U.K., Austria and Germany. Amazon can also license rights to the show to broadcasters or streaming services in other territories around the world where Prime video isn’t available. It also adds to Amazon’s content war chest if it does expand to new countries. Amazon haven’t stated the price but people familiar with the situation told the ‘Financial Times’ the deal was worth $250m for 36 episodes over three years.
..... Devashree Goenka