Ten years after Meryl Streep proved she was a dancing queen, Universal Pictures is returning to the ABBA jukebox musical with “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”
The sequel will open July 20, 2018, the studio announced Friday. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) serves as writer and director.
It’s unclear who among the original cast might return, but the 2008 film starred Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper and Julie Walters.
The studio plans to mine music from the ABBA discography that was not featured in the 2008 film, which was based on a 1999 West End stage musical that became a Broadway hit starting in 2001. However, Univeral also assured fans that they will reprise classics used in the first — possibly including the title song, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo,.”
Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman will return as producers. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA return as music and lyric supervisors and executive producers.
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Phyllida Lloyd directed the 2008 film, which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.