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Is There Going to Be a Third “Mamma Mia!” Movie?

The return of the live musical “Mamma Mia!” to Switzerland is the perfect time to ask whether there’ll also be a third “Mamma Mia!” film. Fans have been hoping for a trilogy.

Just as a reminder: it took a good ten years for the “Mamma Mia!” sequel “Here We Go Again” to reach cinemas in the summer of 2018. According to kino.de, this was mainly due to legal and licensing problems. Back then, ABBA composer Benny Andersson was against “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”, having no interest in permitting any more rights to his songs. To change his mind, he said, it would require a strong film idea from “Mamma Mia!” author Catherine Johnson. It’s clear that this wasn’t forthcoming from the author for a long time, because the script was stuck in the planning phase for almost nine years. Only with the support of author Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”) and director Ol Parker (“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) was a satisfactory script finally completed. There were also some musical arguments against a third part. While all ABBA’s super hits were still available for the first film, the “Here We Go Again” makers had to fall back on lesser known songs or reheat the hits from part one. These considerations were countered by the commercial success of “Mamma Mia 2”, which is now showing again. The “Mamma Mia!” live musical is currently playing in Zurich, and from 2 April it will also be presented at the Musical Theater Basel.