Calling all Dancing Queens and Super Troupers! It could be time to dust off those platforms as we've got our closest hint yet that a third installment of the iconic Mamma Mia movies is in the works. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the West End production of "Mamma Mia", creator Judy Craymer spoke to Deadline about a third film with all of the original characters returning. "It's in its earliest stages," Craymer revealed.
It's been 15 years since we were treated to the heartwarming story on the silver screen, as Sophie (Amanda Seyfried); her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep); and her three possible fathers (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard) danced through the Greek island of Kalokairi, singing along to the music of ABBA. In 2018, we were reunited with the family in "Mamma Mia! Here I Go Again" which saw the story of young Donna (Lily James) — and her mum Ruby (Cher) — play out. And now, we could be seeing them all back together again. "I don't want to over-egg it, but I know there's a trilogy there," Craymer said "There is a story there, and I do think Meryl should come back — and if the script is right, she would, I think, because she really loved playing Donna."
There's no doubt that the appetite for another dose of ABBA-filled musicals is bubbling away. Later this year, ITV are launching a "Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream" talent show in order to find the new stars of the London stage show, which could also be making a return to Broadway in 2025. Plus, the groundbreaking ABBA Voyage virtual concert in London is continuing to sellout.
But before we start practicing the vocals to "Waterloo", there has been no official announcement, yet these latest quips certainly don't rule it out. It's also not the first time that Craymer has hinted at a new movie but the pandemic delayed the process. "I was meant to have been getting on with that, in my head, during these months. But then I got hit with COVID fog," she told The Daily Mail in 2020. "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."
More like, the entire universe would like her to do it! Even Seyfried has said she'd be up for another film — if they could make it work. "Listen, every single person in that movie would say yes in a heartbeat because we want to hang out with each other," the actress told Collider in 2020. "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."
It's a valid fear, but we're pretty sure another version of "Gimme Gimme Gimme" will be just as enjoyable. Read ahead to see some of the plot ideas we've had, just in case they need help to speed up the process.
— Additional reporting by Joely Chilcott