ITS OFFICIAL!, former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed a contract for a new unnamed motoring television show with Amazon and their Amazon Prime Instant Video platform.
The new show will debut on screens next year and will once again be produced by Andy Wilman, the former executive producer of Top Gear and an old classmate of Jeremy Clarkson.
This announcement officially concludes the chapter on where the former Top Gear trio will end up after the now infamous “fracas” between Clarkson and a Top Gear producer earlier this year.
The new contract commits Clarkson, Hammond, and May to three years on the show, and the work for the first season is scheduled to start in fall.
The tone and the format for the then “new” Top Gear were established by Clarkson and Wilman during a conversation in a pub fifteen years ago. Thanks to their ingenious planning, Top Gear became the most watched factual program of all time and had gained an estimated worldwide audience of around 350 million.
Various sources from around the web have confirmed that Amazon has the global rights to the show ans will appear on the $99/year Prime Instant Video in the US, UK, and other markets. However, The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon could license the show to other broadcasters so that customers who are not subscribed to Amazon Prime can view the dynamic trio once again on their television screens.
Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Prime Video EU said “customers told us they wanted to see the team back on the screen, and we are excited to make that happen.”
So, the deal is done and the boys will once again entertain us with their hour-long motoring shenanigans. At this moment, we still do not know what the show will be called. Earlier speculations were that it would be called “House of Cars” based on the original show “House of Cards” on Netflix, but now, that name is officially out of the discussion. Also, we do not know what the tone and the format of the new show will be like. And oh yeah, we also don’t know if this new motoring show will feature a tamed racing driver or not.
There are still many unanswered questions about this new show, but one thing is for sure, if there is any show out there that features Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May on the same screen at the same time, it will definitely be worth the wait.
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