‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Gets Release Date, Director at Universal

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Universal is officially moving along on a sequel to the 2008 hit “Mamma Mia,” with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” scribe Ol Parker writing and directing the new movie. The studio also dated the film, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” for July 20, 2018.

Playtone Pictures, which produced the first pic, is back on for the sequel.

Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash. Sources say that one angle could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place. The first film is based on the iconic musical about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group Abba.

The sequel will feature Abba songs not featured in the 2008 movie, “along with some reprised favorites,” according to the studio’s announcement. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will reteam for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.

Parker is best known for writing both “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” movies. He is repped by Management 360.

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  1. Really curious to hear what the different ABBA songs will be. Some of my favorites (that aren’t in “Mamma Mia!”) are “Me and I,” “The Way Old Friends Do,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Kisses of Fire.”

  2. Ree Bongard says:

    Great!….must see the first!!Mama Mia….I know, I know… a kid from the 50s… My 1st husband was in HS with Meryl in NJ …
    and we loved Pierce as Bond…

  3. Anita McDade says:

    better have Meryl or it’s DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Toni says:

    Question:
    who will play American tourists in the background when they go to the village.

  5. Patrick says:

    A sequel: I’m thrilled!!! I really wonder why it took so long that a studio finally has the idea making a sequel. Maybe other studios will also start making sequels of their films. Wouldn’t this be wonderful?

  6. Bobby says:

    This is like the doctor telling you that you’re going to have incurable cancer sometime next year….

  7. Captain Obvious says:

    Worst idea ever.

  8. Nas says:

    First movie was awful.

  9. deb says:

    Maybe with the sequel they will actually hire actors who can sing.

  10. maya says:

    love the first one-amanda seyfreid and Meryl reteam!!!!

  11. John Shutt says:

    but the first one sucked

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