Scene included cars, fighter planes, and acrobats

If there was ever any question about Amazon’s commitment to The Grand Tour, the reported $200 million price tag the on-demand streaming service spent to book three seasons’ worth of content should put all the skeptics to rest. With that kind of budget, it’s no surprise than that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May orchestrated what’s now being reported as the most expensive opening scene in the history of television. The total cost for the scene, according to The Sun? £2.5 million, or the equivalent of $3.2 million.

The scene, as it’s been reported, was shot in the California desert where the trio drove three modified versions of the Ford Mustang dressed in the America’s red, white, and blue colors. Seems simple enough, right? Well, it would have been if the opening scene didn’t also include another 150 cars, 2,000 auto enthusiasts, six jet fighter planes, acrobats, and stilt-walkers, just in case they get drowned out by the sheer amount of metal in the scene.

If the bombastic opening scene is anything to go by, expect The Grand Tour to be a lot bigger in scope and definitely more ambitious than Top Gear ever was. That may be saying a lot considering how big Top Gear is as a brand, last season’s failures notwithstanding. But Amazon did invest heavily in The Grand Tour, and judging from all the hype the show has received even before its first episode airs, the investments are going to pay off handsomely for all parties concerned.

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Go big, or go home

There’s nothing outwardly simple about Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The three ex-Top Gear hosts are known for not being shy about the outlandish stunts they do in the name of entertainment, and the opening scene of The Grand Tour can be attributed to that. For what it’s worth though, the reported amount spent could be worth every penny if The Grand Tour ends up becoming as big as many as expect it to be.

Given that the show really doesn’t have any competition except Top Gear itself, there’s a lot of expectation for The Grand Tour to be a resounding success for Amazon. The company invested heavily in the show and it’s banking on the collective popularity of Clarkson, Hammond, and May to get more people to subscribe to its other services.

The $200 million price tag for the show may sound astronomical on the surface, but if The Grand Tour lives up to the hype, Amazon stands to recoup its massive investment in the show in no time, even if it comes at the cost of an opening scene that cost $3.2 million. Go big or go home, right? The Grand Tour and Amazon are definitely going big, as well they should.

Source: The Sun

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