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Report: Netflix in talks to acquire “Top Gear” reboot

The SVOD is said to be working on a deal to acquire the series, potentially putting it up against Amazon's new show featuring the original cast.
March 4, 2016

Netflix is in talks to acquire the rebooted version of Top Gear from distributor BBC Worldwide, according to a report in The Guardian.

The 16-episode series, which premieres in the U.K. on BBC2 on May 8, features co-hosts Chris Evens and Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame alongside five other presenters.

BBC Worldwide screened footage from the highly anticipated series for buyers during a showcase event in Liverpool last month.

Acquisition talks for the revamped program are reportedly in early stages and it is not clear yet what possible deal terms would be.

Past seasons of the hit automotive series are available on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Western Europe.

If the new Top Gear lands on Netflix, it could potentially go up against former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s (the trio are pictured above) new car show for Amazon Prime, which is being exec produced by Andy Wilman, also formerly of Top Gear. The yet-to-be-titled series is due to premiere this fall.

The presenters parted ways with the BBC last year after the pubcaster revealed it would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract in the wake of an altercation with a Top Gear producer. Radio host Evans replaced Clarkson and recruited Pett Television founder Lisa Clark to exec produce. Clark, however, has since left the team.

At press time, there was no comment on the report from either BBC Worldwide or Netflix.

Story courtesy of Realscreen

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