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Here we go again ... again?

By Alyssa Hardy
Jun 22, 2020 @ 7:36 am
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Amanda Seyfried would be in for a Mamma Mia 3, the actress admitted to Collider on Sunday. When asked about the possibility of a third installment, Seyfried replied, "Listen, every single person in that movie would say yes in a heartbeat because we want to hang out with each other. That’s what we talked about last time, like did we ever think that we’d end up here again on an Island in Croatia? So yeah, I wish there was a Mamma Mia 3."

Earlier that day, Judy Craymer, one of the producers behind the original production of Mamma Mia, told the Daily Mailthat she is spending time thinking about a third film. "I think one day there will be another film because there's meant to be a trilogy, you see." She added, "I know Universal would like me to do it"

There is no doubt that for fans of the franchise this is an exciting development, but there are two – kind of big –problems. First of all, (spoiler alert), Donna, played by Meryl Streep,  was dead in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again which gave them a whole source of material. "With the second story, it could have been anything," Seyfried said. "Having Meryl’s character die kind of gave us so many good storylines. It was kind of a genius idea because you’re like, no, we don’t want to lose her. But at the same time, look at what you can do, you can go back. And Lily James can play young Meryl. It was just perfect. It was so well written."

The other, maybe even bigger problem, is that there may not be enough ABBA songs. Seyfriend explained, "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."

Craymer addressed this issue in her interview saying she would want to use four new songs written by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus "for the virtual concert they’ve planned with Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad."

So while there is nothing set in stone, at least things sound promising. I, for one, am prepared to obnoxiously blast a new soundtrack.