Date: 14th September 2023
Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried are open to starring in Mamma Mia 3 and they recently opened up about what it would take for the film to become a reality.
"I'm up for anything," said Streep about a potential Mamma Mia! trilogy. Streep’s inclusion might be more complicated as her character, Donna, dies in the 2018 sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Still, Streep isn’t opposed to returning for a third film. "I told Judy, if she could figure out a way to reincarnate Donna, I’m into that," she said. "Or it could be like in one of those soap operas, where Donna comes back and reveals it was really her twin sister that died."
It’s no wonder Streep is so eager to return to the film, given the way she described her experience on set. "It was just a deliriously happy shoot," she said. "We were all sweaty, hoarse, and exhausted by the end of every day, and it was an absolute dream. I don’t ever remember not having the time of my life."
Seyfried weighed in on making a third film and said everyone would be down to make it happen and it all comes down to budget.
"Nobody is saying no, but nobody is saying yes either," Seyfried said. "The powers that be probably can’t afford us to be honest. I hate to say it, because would I do Mamma Mia 3 for free of course I would but that’s not the business we’re in. What’s fair is fair, and I feel like a third film is gonna come down to something stupid like whether or not Universal wants to pay the money."
The original stage show premiered in 1999 and followed the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island paradise – all unfolding to the music of ABBA.
The jukebox musical films were released in 2008 and 2018 and starred the likes of Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard and Julie Walters. The original grossed $611 million worldwide on a $52 million budget, while the sequel made $402 million worldwide on a $75 million budget.
Source: Press Release