New Amazon ‘Top Gear’ Reportedly has a $250M Budget

New Amazon ‘Top Gear’ Reportedly has a $250M Budget

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will reportedly have a $250-million budget for their new show on Amazon Instant Video.

Although the former Top Gear trio still doesn’t have a name for their new show, it is being reported that Amazon won out on the deal largely because it will be ponying up a budget of nearly $7-million per episode across the 36-episode deal. Not only does that budget make it Amazon’s biggest original content show to date, but it’ll also be one of the most expensive U.K. shows ever.

According to producer Andy Wilman, the team’s main demands when looking at various offers were: complete editorial freedom, plenty of money and no car-related advertisements. And while Netflix and other U.S. services were interested, as well as ITV, Wilman said that “everyone” they talked to in regards to the Amazon deal said that Amazon will leave them alone to make their show.

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Whatever the show will be called, the trio is expected to launch sometime in fall 2016 with episodes around an hour long that will be released on a weekly basis in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Like the previous Top Gear, it will have indoor studio features as well as the team’s iconic global adventures and challenges.

[Source: Digital Spy]

  • smartacus

    i don’t think they would be spending this much cash if it weren’t gonna return to them tenfold.
    (and to think Tony Montana only had $20Million in his bank)

  • xjwoilkxaoijw

    I guess they wanted “complete editorial freedom”, so that they can edit out the parts where Jeremy Clarkson beats on the production crew members lol.

  • craigcole

    This is going to be good … that’s a generous amount of cash, more than I’d ever see in 100 lifetimes.