It is the most expensive scene to ever be filmed on the small screen.
The first episode of "The Grand Tour" will air on November 18th, and we can't wait to see what Amazon is giving Jeremy Clarkson and company so much money for. The entire budget for the show is substantial, apparently in the region of $200 million. This budget will be spread over three seasons for an average of around $5.7 million per episode. This is much more than the BBC ever spent on "Top Gear." The Sun reports that the first scene of the show alone reportedly cost around £2.5 million ($3.2 million) to film.
The scene was filmed in the California desert and features 150 cars, 2,000 "petrolheads," acrobats, stilt walkers, and jet planes. The Mad Max-style scene has Clarkson, May and Hammond in red, white and blue Mustangs being followed by a slew of expensive cars costing over $25 million. Some of the cars include a Veyron and a Rolls Royce. Not much else is known about "The Grand Tour's" first episode, other than that it will be filmed in South Africa. Amazon took a huge gamble with the show, and even though we haven't even seen so much as a trailer for the show we think the company's money was well-spent. Amazon has been producing original video content for a while now but nobody puts its work in the same league as, say, Netflix.
But with the star power of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, along with a massive budget, that could all change. If nothing else Amazon should see a surge in Prime memberships as the only way to watch the show will be on the company's online streaming video service, at least for the moment anyways. We'll be counting the days until November 18th until the show premiers. Until then we'll have to rely on little leaks like this to hold us over.