Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus onboard for Mamma Mia! sequel

News recently surfaced of a sequel to the movie smash Mamma Mia!. And yes, ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have given the project their seal of approval and will also serve as executive producers.

The sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again will be set once more on the Greek island of Kalokairi, and reunites the producers from the original film, Judy Craymer (who created and produced the stage show) and Gary Goetzman.

Ol Parker

New this time around is Ol Parker, who has written the new movie and will also direct.

Ol is best known for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Now Is Good (2012).

The new Universal Pictures movie will feature ABBA songs that weren’t included in the first film and also reprises some of the most popular.

Mamma Mia! The Movie, which was released in 2008, was a huge worldwide hit, making $609.8M in global box office sales. Until this year’s Beauty And The Beast, Mamma Mia! was the biggest grossing live-action musical ever.

The original cast, including Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper are all expected to return for the second outing of the musical.

The news of the new movie has divided ABBA fans, much like the original stage show and movie did. One thing that no-one can deny is how phenomenally successful those two showcases of ABBA’s music went on to become.

Look out for much more news about the new film which is set to hit the silver screen in July 2018, ten years after the original was released.

8 Replies to “Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus onboard for Mamma Mia! sequel”

  1. Alexander Stein: But what I do not understand is why B&B gave their approval? They have always denied to support even the thought of it since this would be ridiculous. So why warming up another bundle of songs just for the 10th anniversary? There is no logic in it.

  2. Shane: This ABBA fan is overjoyed! The first movie is my all time favorite musical of all time. I cannot wait to know what the plot will be and which songs will be used. I hope all 4 members have parts in here. I hope Benny has more than just a cameo this time around. Sooo psyched!

  3. Tony Rogers: Unless the writers find a unique story-line, maybe they should call it ‘Mamma Mia 2: Groundhog Day’.
    Then, in 2028, perhaps they could do ‘Mamma Mia 3: Back To The Future meets Alien and The Muppets (an Disney ice-skating adventure)’.
    Having said that, I did enjoy the Benny cameo in ‘1’, but Björn’s cameo lingered on him too long; meaning that: while it was great to see the lovely Björn in the movie, he looked uncomfortable with the long forced laughing in that scene – I feel if the cameo was brief but sweet like Benny’s cameo, it would have been just as fun.
    I’m hoping that if they film any of ‘2’s sun-light scenes in the film-studio, that they do a better job than in ‘1’, as that lighting looked highly unconvincing for today’s lighting technology when compared to real sunlight (and what we could see when the movie’s shoot was done outdoors.
    (…currently, I’m a bit ‘bah-humbug’ about ‘2’, but am open to being nicely surprised [fingers-crossed].).

  4. Stefan commented: How odd is this news really! There are only a few more (not so well known) hits left. The point of the musical AND the film always was that audiences could sing a long with the music. That will not be possible with lesser known songs. And reprises of well known songs…really? Reprises are the declaration of bankruptcy of creative music writing…

    Couldn’t have they thought about a whole new project? A filmmusical like LaLaLand? This could have got spectacular. The Mamma Mia sequel ship will sink like concrete before the Greek island.

    I would be much surprised if Meryl Streep will really go for the sequel if there is not any artistic reason left to do this movie.

  5. Phil said: Call me old fashioned but I will never EVER go to see the musical or the movie(s), even though Meryl Streep is my all time favourite actress.

    For me ABBA is/was and will always be two highly talented lads accompanied by two ace singers – their 4-some blend has never been reproduced.
    Thàt was the magic of it and still is.

    Hearing ABBA-songs being performed by other artists makes me cringe…
    They may all well be outstanding in their own right, lending their voice to those particular songs doesn’t work for me at all.

    For those who do enjoy it : there is no accounting for taste 😉

    I rest my case.

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