Never having seen Mamma Mia 1 or 2, I cannot truly wrap my head around the massive success of a movie about a hippie Meryl Streep running through the streets of Greece with Christine Baranski and a daughter who doesn’t know who her father is. Oh, and then Cher shows up out of nowhere. And then the hot guy on the jet ski…and then it’s over? (I took a break, mid-sentence, to watch both trailers and now I’m fully up to speed). Well, strap in gays and girls because after the first movie made more than $600 million worldwide, and the second one made $395 million worldwide, some genius decided that it might be worth it to make another one. Cut to Cher unplugging her landline telephone and adding “CAN’T. TOO BUSY” to every date in her 2021-2022 calendar.
Usually, any movie featuring an ABBA score doesn’t need to spend a dime on marketing––I’ll be there, no matter what. But this…? Mamma Mia 3?
The Daily Mail is reporting that Judy Craymer (second from left in the above photo, striking a sultry pose), the brains behind the successful stage version of Mamma Mia (which debuted 21 years ago––fuck, I’m old), and producer of both film versions, has been teasing a third installment of the film since being locked up during COVID has given her time to think. Again, based on those trailers, I’m pretty sure that I could’ve written a Mamma Mia sequel in a sloppy, drunken stupor. And then three more sequels during my comedown. Actually, I’ve already come up with a title: Mamma Mia! Are You Fucking Kidding Me? Another One?
In the article, Judy goes on at length about the importance of audiences in London returning to the theater after the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, but she DOES tease that a third movie is likely in the works with Universal.
“During lockdown, Craymer said she had planned to give some thought to Mamma Mia! The Movie 3. And although she has managed to avoid the virus, she has found it hard to focus.
‘I was meant to have been getting on with that, in my head, during these months. But then I got hit with Covid fog,’ she told me, from her country home in Warwickshire.
‘I think one day there will be another film, because there’s meant to be a trilogy, you see. I know Universal would like me to do it,’ she added.
No word on who might return for the as-yet-unplanned feature. But hopefully, this version is shot from Stellan Skarsgård‘s POV, and the entire movie is just a young version of Stellan’s character, Bill, played, this time, by Alexander Skarsgård who just toots around Greece, while shirtless on a jet ski singing new ABBA songs.
What’s more, if there’s anything else to look forward to with this news, it’s the possibility that they might bring back Cher (kicking and screaming, of course). And another Cher cameo might just mean another Cher ALBUM! Mamma Mia 3? Nah. But a sequel to Cher’s 2018 “Dancing Queen” record? Tentatively titled: “Dancing Queen, Part 2: Cher Sings EVEN More Auto-tuned ABBA Karaoke in a Studio”. Yes, please! Wow. The gay gods really are smiling down on us.