There’s some potentially exciting news for Mamma Mia! fans! In an interview with the Daily Mail last week, Judy Craymer – a producer behind the original stage production – said that there could, one day, be a third movie.
“I was meant to have been getting on with that [planning a third movie], in my head, during these months. But then I got hit with Covid fog,” she said. “I think one day there will be another film, because there’s meant to be a trilogy, you see.”
“I know Universal would like me to do it,” she said, explaining that she’d like to use the four new ABBA songs that Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have written for the virtual concert they’ve planned with fellow band members Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
This is big news for fans of the 2008 original movie, which featured an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. A decade after the first film was released, the sequel, Here We Go Again, which featured pop icon Cher.
But unfortunately, Amanda Seyfried isn’t as hopeful as Craymer about a third movie. Speaking to Collider about the success of the second film and the possibility of a third, the actress said: “Well, it’s a better story because they had something to grow on. The first story had to match the stage show so they were kind of stuck.
“With the second story, it could have been anything. Having Meryl’s character die gave us so many good storylines. It was kind of a genius idea because you’re like, ‘No, we don’t want to lose her’. But at the same time, look at what you can do, you can go back.”
“I wish there was a Mamma Mia 3, but I’ll tell you what – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and I hope I’m wrong again – I don’t think there are enough ABBA songs to make a third movie. Because we’d have to use ‘Super Trooper’ again and we’d have to use ‘Mamma Mia’ again and have to use them in a different way.”
As much as we love the idea of seeing this cast together in a third installment of the movie, she kinda has a point.