Honestly, it was only a matter of time before another one of Broadway's hit shows, well, hit the big screen. Dreamgirls (though an older Broadway show) is now out in theaters, Hairspray (which was originally a movie-turned-musical) is coming this summer and pretty soon we'll get to see what Tim Burton and Co. have in mind for Sweeney Todd (which just left Broadway recently). Before those shows came feature film versions of Chicago (of which I'm seeing the staged version for the first time tomorrow night), Rent, The Producers (another movie-turned-musical), Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line ... and the list goes on. Hey, am I the only one surprised to never have seen Cats make the cross-over? Who didn't love those cats?
Anyway, yes, Mamma Mia! is officially being turned into a major motion picture, with theater director Phyllida Lloyd in talks to helm the big screen adaptation for her feature directorial debut. Universal Pictures will shovel this one out, along with Playtone, and ABBA fans will most certainly want to line up for a ticket as the musical features 22 ABBA songs! Didn't get enough of Dancing Queen at the last wedding reception you attended? Well fear not, it's in there. Catherine Johnson (who co-created the show alongside Judy Cramer) wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a bride-to-be whose mother invites three male strangers to her daughter's wedding -- one of which might be the long lost father she never knew. Did I mention Dancing Queen? Yay!
Currently, there's no cast lined up, although Tom Hanks and Rita Wilsonare executive producing. Personally, I'd love to see Hanks belt out a little ABBA -- though chances of that happening are probably slim to none. The show itself (which I've seen twice) is one of the more enjoyable Broadway musicals currently on the scene -- I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say it requires a little audience participation.
Anyone see Mamma Mia!? Are you excited for a big screen version?