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Mamma Mia creator teases third movie revealing ‘there’s meant to be a trilogy’

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The original creator of the international hit musical Mamma Mia! says a third movie is a possibility.

Judy Craymer, who wrote the original stage musical, says the story is supposed to be a “trilogy”.

She says that Universal Pictures would particularly like a third instalment, as the previous two films were such huge hits.

She told the Daily Mail: “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.”

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Amanda Seyfried at the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again world premiere (Image credit:

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Judy wrote and launched the original musical 21 years ago.

“There’s meant to be a trilogy”

It has gone on to become one of the most long-lasting and most profitable musicals of all time.

Based on the hit music of iconic Swedish pop band Abba, it inspired two movie releases.

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Mamma Mia! was released as a film in 2008. Starring the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, it grossed an incredible £494 million worldwide.

The second instalment, 2018’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again added stars such as Lily James and even Cher to the line-up.

While not quite as profitable as the first film, it still made a whopping £317 million at the global box office.

The Mamma Mia movies have been such commercial successes (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Judy says she was meant to start planning the synopsis for a third film this year.

However, the coronavirus pandemic distracted her from turning the idea into a reality – yet.

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She explained: “I was meant to have been getting on with that, in my head, during these months. But then I got hit with COVID fog.”

“I wish there was a Mamma Mia 3”

Despite her intentions, the film’s central star, Amanda Seyfried, says she is not sure if a third film would ever happen.

She told Collider film magazine that while she would love to film another there may simply be not enough Abba songs left.

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Mamma Mia even stars acting heavyweight Meryl Streep (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

She argued that many of Abba’s songs have already been used in both of the films. Therefore, a third movie would have to create new takes on already used hits.

She said: “I wish there was a Mamma Mia 3, but I’ll tell you what – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and I hope I’m wrong again.

“I don’t think there are enough ABBA songs to make a third movie.

“Because we’d have to use ‘Super Trooper’ again and we’d have to use ‘Mamma Mia’ again and have to use them in a different way.”

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