Former ‘Top Gear’ hosts James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond now at Amazon
It was only last week that online retail giant Amazon confirmed that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would be starring in a new motoring show on its Amazon Instant Video streaming service. The deal, estimated to be valued at a staggering $250 million, also included former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, who like Hammond and May chose to quit after Clarkson was fired.
Wilman is credited as being the brains behind much of the style and humor of Top Gear (this is how dreary it might have been without his talents), and we’re glad to hear that he will be helping produce the new show on Amazon Instant Video.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wilman provided a few details about the new show set to debut next year. The Briton explained that there will be “lots of newness” including a new look, some new elements and a new home. There will still be some familiar elements, he said, like scenes filmed in the studio and some international segments. There’s still much in the air, however, as the team has been busy knocking out the deal and only now is starting work on the format.
Wilman explained that a good budget, a love of quality and a high level of autonomy promised by Amazon were what made the deal so attractive. And he also confirmed that there were talks in place with British broadcaster ITV but that a contractual clause had barred the crew from creating a motoring series on a rival terrestrial channel for a minimum two years.
Amazon has so far announced three seasons of the new show, with each season to feature 12 episodes, with each one roughly 60 minutes in length. The first season will air in the fall of 2016, and it’s likely the episodes will be released in a weekly format, just like the Top Gear format on television.