ABBA fans will unite … again. Ten years after the musical Mamma Mia! The Movie bowed at the nation’s theaters and ended up grossing $144.1M domestically, the gang is on its way baaaack! Universal says the original cast is expected to return, along with some new faces.
The original starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski. The new movie will be written and directed by Ol Parker, who penned The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and will be released on July 20, 2018 — 10 years and two days after Mamma Mia! opened — complete with a soundtrack of ABBA songs not featured in the first film. Of course, they will bring back some of the old ones, too.
The first one danced in with a whopping $609.8M at the worldwide box office, so it’s a wonder why it took a decade for another one.
The location will be on the Greek island of Kalokairi, and the sequel brings back the producers from the original film, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman. 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.
Right now, James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel is the only film slated for release on the same date.