Mamma Mia! fans have been saying gimme, gimme, gimme to a third movie, but even though it's been three years since the sequel, Mamma Mia! 3 hasn't happened... yet.
The sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, might not earned as much money, money, money set by the first movie, but it did receive better reviews and was still loved by fans, so we don't quite need an SOS to make the third movie happen.
ABBA legend Björn Ulvaeus wasn't quite sure if Mamma Mia! 3 would happen back in June 2019, but we have good news for you Björn, it seems as though a third movie has been in the works.
Mamma Mia! co-creator Judy Craymer revealed in June 2020 that she was close to saying I do, I do, I do, I do, I do to a third movie, until the current global situation got in the way (as it has with most movies).
"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 explained. "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."
Right now, it seems as though the name of the game is to just wait, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate on what to expect from Mamma Mia! 3.
Mamma Mia 3 release date: When will Mamma Mia 3 be released?
Since the third movie hasn't been officially confirmed, we don't yet have a release date, but we can make some guesses.
The previous two movies came out in July, so it seems unlikely that they'd move away from that and also means we can rule out expecting to see the threequel this year. The earliest we can hope for is July 2022.
That's possible as long as work gets underway on the movie this year as it only took around a year between filming starting and the movie being released on the first two outings in the series.
For now though, we'll just have to wait to see if Mamma Mia! 3 even gets confirmed before getting too excited about a release.
Mamma Mia 3 cast: Who's coming back for Mamma Mia 3?
Should the third movie be confirmed, we don't imagine they'll struggle to get the cast back together, so expect to see all your favourites again.
Amanda Seyfried has changed her mind on whether a third movie will happen from "I don't f**king think so" to "beyond yes", even if she isn't convinced there's enough ABBA songs remaining to make it work.
That's not a no though if they manage to get a script that works for the third movie, so expect to see Seyfried return as Sophie Sheridan, along with the likes of Dominic Cooper as Sophie's husband Sky, Christine Baranski as Tanya and Julie Walters as Rosie.
Of course, what would a Mamma Mia! movie be without Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as Sophie's three fathers Sam, Harry and Bill, respectively.
However, given that the older version of Donna Sheridan (played by Meryl Streep) had died in the second movie, we're not expecting her to return for a third outing.
Having already witnessed Donna's past exploits, Lily James (who played the young Donna) might also be missing from a third movie as a result, but she might always be back in flashbacks.
In terms of Sophie's estranged grandmother and Donna's mother, Ruby Sheridan (Cher) was an effective replacement so we'd expect her to continue to fill that role. Even if Cher was playing the mum of Streep in a fairly major time slip for the actresses.
Still, don't rule out Streep entirely if she does fancy playing a part. A ghost version of Donna appeared to sing at the end of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the christening of Sophie's daughter, so maybe Streep could continue to look down on and participate in events from the afterlife.
Skarsgård, on the other hand, is all in if a threequel does go ahead. Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor, who plays Bill in the movies, revealed that he would join a third movie in a heartbeat: "I wouldn't have to read the script. If they call, I'll come."
Even his son, Alexander Skarsgård fancies a role in the third movie saying he would "one hundred per cent" sign up for it, not to work with his father, but to work again with Meryl Streep.
Mamma Mia 3 songs: What ABBA songs will be in Mamma Mia 3?
To continue this franchise properly we're obviously going to need a reprise of 'Mamma Mia', what with it being in the title and all.
There are also a few songs that are solid-gold ABBA classics that have appeared as touchstones in both movies so far and could reappear:
'I Have a Dream'
'The Name of the Game'
The original Mamma Mia also contained the following ABBA songs:
'Does Your Mother Know'
'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)'
'Honey, Honey'; 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do'
'Lay All Your Love on Me'
'Money, Money, Money'
'Our Last Summer'
'Slipping Through My Fingers'
'Take a Chance on Me'
'Thank You for the Music'
'The Winner Takes It All'
'When All Is Said and Done'
Meanwhile, Mamma Mia 2 added these ABBA songs:
'I Wonder (Departure)'
'I've Been Waiting for You'
'Kisses of Fire'
'Knowing Me, Knowing You'
'My Love, My Life'
'One of Us'
'The Day Before You Came'
'When I Kissed the Teacher'
'Why Did It Have to Be Me?'
We know what you're thinking, there can't be any more ABBA songs to plunder for the plot of a third movie, right? That's where you'd be wrong! This pop act's back catalogue is extensive (to say the least!) and even with two movies based on their works, ABBA's untapped material amazingly includes:
'Another Town, Another Train'
'As Good as New'
'Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)'
'Don't Shut Me Down'
'Dum Dum Diddle' (YES IT'S CALLED DUM DUM DIDDLE)
'From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel'
'Gonna Sing You My Love Song'
'Happy New Year'
'He Is Your Brother'
'Head over Heels'
'Hole in Your Soul'
'I Am Just a Girl'
'I Am the City'
'I Let the Music Speak'
'I Saw It in the Mirror'
'If It Wasn't for the Nights'
'I'm a Marionette'
'Intermezzo No. 1'
'I Still Have Faith in You'
'King Kong Song'
'Like an Angel Passing Through My Room'
'Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)'
'Lovers (Live a Little Longer)'
'Man in the Middle'
'Me and I'
'Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special'
'My Mama Said'
'On and On and On'
'One Man, One Woman'
'People Need Love'
'Put On Your White Sombrero'
'Rock 'N' Roll Band'
'She's My Kind of Girl'
'Should I Laugh or Cry'
'Sitting in the Palmtree'
'Summer Night City'
'The King Has Lost His Crown'
'The Way Old Friends Do'
'The Winner Takes It All'
'Two For the Price of One'
'What About Livingstone'
'You Owe Me One'
Alongside those are a few songs containing names. If the plot of the third movie does opt for a full reboot perhaps these could inform the character names: 'Cassandra'; 'Elaine'; 'Hey, Hey Helen'; 'Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother'; 'Nina, Pretty Ballerina'; and 'Suzy-Hang-Around'.
Whatever the choice, you can be sure Cher will be happy to bang out more ABBA hits for our pleasure.
Mamma Mia 3 trailer: Any Mamma Mia 3 footage yet?
There's no trailer for Mamma Mia! 3 yet, obviously, but in the meantime you could lose several afternoons enjoying videos of ABBA's back catalogue so here's a great place to get started.
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