Universal is busting out its ABBA collection again, as the studio has greenlit the sequel MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN! for release on July 20, 2018. That means it will arrive nearly 10 years to the day after the original movie, which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.
Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will write and direct the musical, which will bring audiences back to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi. Production will start this summer.
Insiders tell the Tracking Board that Amanda Seyfried is set to reprise her lead role and that Meryl Streep is also expected to return, albeit in a much smaller capacity. We hear the story will focus on Sophie (Seyfried) in the present and Donna (Streep) in the past. Of course, as with any sequel, there will also be several new additions to the original cast.
Other returnees include producers Judy Craymer of Littlestar and Gary Goetzman of Playtone, as well as executive producers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who will once again provide music and lyrics. Craymer created and produced the hit stage musical that has enthralled millions.
The sequel will feature a soundtrack full of ABBA songs that weren’t in the first film, along with some old favorites. So get ready to sing, dance, laugh and love all over again, because Mamma Mia 2 is coming, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
Honestly? This is a smart play for Universal, which can only be further encouraged by the recent box office performance of La La Land. The studio is positioning Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! against Alita: Battle Angel from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron, and an untitled animated movie, both from 20th Century Fox.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief