2016 will be the year of the Top Gear Wars.
After months of speculation, Jeremy Clarkson has just announced where he and the former Top Gear gang will be heading after their acrimonious split from the BBC. And it won't be Netflix. Clarkson's tweet reads: "I'm very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with Amazon Video." The name of the new show has yet to be revealed with filming set to start later this year and broadcasts, exclusive to Amazon Prime, scheduled to air in 2016.
Long-time Top Gear producer Andy Wilman will join his former colleagues on the subscripton channel, who doubtless forked over wheelbarrows full of cash and boundless editorial freedom in order to secure their signatures. On making the jump from the Beeb to Amazon, Clarkson boasted: "I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship." While Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Prime, said: "Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can't wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016."