Mamma Mia Sequel Here We Go Again! Hits in 2018
Universal Pictures has just announced a surprise Mamma Mia sequel!
Good news for ABBA fans who can’t get enough of love triangles, big musical numbers, and sugar-dense sweetness: Universal has just placed a sequel to Mamma Mia! onto its 2018 film schedule. The sequel will feature Abba songs not featured in the 2008 movie, “along with some reprised favorites,” according to the studio’s announcement.
The musical about a bride-to-be searching for her real father told to the hit songs of the ’70s music group ABBA debuted on Broadway in 2001 and ran for almost 14 years. That production was led by Louise Pitre, Tina Maddigan, Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Joe Machota, Ken Marks, Dean Nolen and David W. Keeley. The film was released in 2008, ended up becoming a huge box office success, grossing more than US $600 million worldwide. Mamma Mia! was so popular that, at the time of its release, it was the highest grossing film in UK history. It has since dropped down to 9th position.
According to Deadline, the entire original cast will reunite for the musical sequel which starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski. The storyline, according to sources, is both a prequel and a sequel. It will be set in the present with the returning castmemebers, while new actors would play younger versions of Streep, Brosnan and Firth for part of the story that is set in the past.
Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will reteam for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
Filming aims to begin production later this year ahead of a release on July 20th next year.