Mamma Mia! The Movie, like so many other films of its (low) caliber, boasts both an excellent cast and a hefty box office return. So, of course, a sequel is in the works.
According to Deadline, the first film—released a decade ago—grossed $609.8 million worldwide and $144.1 million domestically, so I am frankly dumbfounded that we’ve not already had a sequel.
Fans will delight in learning that the original cast is expected to return, together with some new folks. Ol Parker, screenwriter for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will both write and direct. We can also expect a new track listing of ABBA songs—with, of course, some returning favorites.
Moreover, those who crave vacation porn should take note of this opportunity. The sequel’s setting, the Greek island of Kalokairi, will be as dreamy as the first. Perhaps this is one hint as to why the original cast will reprise their roles. If I were an actor, I’d be keen on filming in locations that supplied me with both a beach and glorious views.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! will be released on July 20, 2018—10 years and 2 days after the first film’s opening. And because it will star Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Colin Firth, I will absolutely see it. Here I go again, etc.