ABBA fans, lay all your love on this exciting news: Universal is making a sequel to the 2008 movie musical "Mamma Mia!" with the new film titled "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again," and set for release almost exactly one decade after the original.
According to Universal, much of the original cast is expected to return, with some new faces added, too. The original movie, based on the hit stage musical, starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski. That movie was just set before Sophie's (Seyfried) wedding, to which she invited three of her mother Donna's (Streep) former suitors (Skarsgard, Brosnan, Firth) in an attempt to figure out which one was her biological father.
Ol Parker, who wrote "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and sequel, has been tapped to direct. The Greek island of Kalokairi will again be the main location.
As Deadline noted, "Mamma Mi!" made $609.8 million at the worldwide box office (off a $52 million budget), so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that a sequel is coming, they were apparently just waiting for the right time.
The original movie came out July 18, 2008, and this sequel is scheduled for release on July 20, 2018, almost exactly 10 years later.
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Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. Read More