Would it shock you to know that pretty much everyone involved with the “Mamma Mia” movies is ecstatic about the prospect of returning for a third movie — or more specifically, the prospect of a paid vacation in Greece?
While there is no official word on a third film, Judy Craymer, who produced both the “Mamma Mia” stage musical and the films, said that she already has a storyline in the works. “It will happen,” she told Variety. “We’ve done the television show and now maybe I’ll focus on the movie.”
Back in 2020, she told the Daily Mail that there will be a third film, “because there’s meant to be a trilogy” and that she had started working on it. She added that the new songs ABBA made for their “Voyage” live show could serve as a base for the third film. On the other hand, ABBA member Benny Andersson told BBC Two that a third film would be “wishful thinking” unless a new setting “and an irresistible script” were on the table.
As for the cast, they’re very much in. Meryl Streep, despite her character being dead, doesn’t rule out a future appearance. After all, she already appeared as a ghost in “Here We Go Again,” so why not do it again? “I told Judy, if she could figure out a way to reincarnate Donna, I’m into that,” she said during an oral history for Vanity Fair. “Or it could be like in one of those soap operas, where Donna comes back and reveals it was really her twin sister that died.” Colin Firth, who plays one of Donna’s exes and one of Sophie’s dads, thinks the third film will happen whether there’s a good idea for it or not, telling Variety Fair that “it doesn’t have to be a good idea in any lofty sense, but it just has to be a good enough script to give us another go.”
Likewise, Pierce Brosnan, who plays Sam, recently said he is pretty sure a third “Mamma Mia” will happen, and if it does, he’s in. “It’s criminal how much fun you have on that movie. I think everybody would be in,” he said.
Still, as of now, there seems to be next to no movement on a “Mamma Mia 3,” even if everyone wants it to happen.