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9 items from 2017

Lily James Joins ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel

12 July 2017 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lily James looks to have found her follow-up to “Baby Driver.”

The star has joined the cast of Universal’s “Mamma Mia” sequel, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”

Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. James will play “Young Donna.” The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.

Universal’s Senior VP of production Kristen Lowe and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.

James, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood, had been weighing a handful of big studio tentpoles over the »

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It’s Already Panto Season in London + More Industry News

6 June 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s going on in film, TV, and theatre!  THEATREJust a few days into June and we’re already looking far ahead to panto season with the news that Al Murray will be starring in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the New Wimbledon Theatre alongside Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe MBE as the Dame. At the London Palladium, the “first lady of musical theatre” and Radio 2 favourite Elaine Paige will star alongside Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Julian Clary, and Nigel Havers in “Dick Whittington”. From winter back to summer again, Abba-member-turned-theatre-producer Björn Ulvaeus has applied for planning permission to build a new temporary space in London for “Mamma Mia!” spin-off “Mamma Mia! The Party”. The immersive event opened in Stockholm last year, has a new story and characters, contains songs from the musical and Abba back catalogue, and will be set in »

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“Mamma Mia!” Sequel Announced

22 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Mamma Mia!”: Universal

Universal has realized it could never let go of “Mamma Mia!” Variety reports that a sequel for the 2008 musical hit is officially in the works. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” will hit theaters July 20, 2018.

Plot details for the sequel haven’t been confirmed yet, but “Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash,” the source writes. One possible direction “could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place.”

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, the original “Mamma Mia!” takes place during the days before Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Streep), Sophie has invited three of Donna’s exes to the ceremony (Brosnan, Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård) in the hopes of finding out which of them is her father. All of the musicals songs are Abba hits, such as “Take a Chance On Me,” “Our Last Summer,” and of course, “Mamma Mia.” Phyllida Lloyd directed from a script by Catherine Johnson.

Unfortunately, neither Lloyd or Johnson are involved in the sequel. Ol Parker, the writer-director of “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films, will be helming “Here We Go Again!” It’s possible that neither Lloyd nor Johnson were interested in the project, but we still wish Universal had hired a female writing-directing team for the film. The original “Mamma Mia!” raked in about $610 million globally on a budget of $52 million, so the “movies directed by women aren’t profitable” line definitely isn’t applicable here. It begs the question: What is the excuse for excluding women behind the scenes this time?

While we don’t know much about the plot of “Here We Go Again!” Variety confirms that Abba songs feature prominently in the sequel. Songs not featured in the original will be included, as will “some reprised favorites.” The original’s producers, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone Pictures’ Gary Goetzman, are attached to the sequel, and Abba members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will again serve as EPs.

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“You can dance, You can jive” Mamma Mia sequel is coming to make you have the time of your life!

22 May 2017 1:47 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Oh, Mamma Mia!!!!!! The Abba-based musical Mamma Mia is all set for a return to our big screens next year as Universal Pictures announced a sequel to the 2008 romantic comedy which saw the legendary Meryl Streep dance and sings her way around on Greek soil whilst secretly lusting after an old flame.

Related: Meryl Streep interview on Into the Woods.

The Mamma Mia sequel is scheduled for a July 2018 release, a release which marks the ten year anniversary since Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skasgard, Dominic Cooper and Julia Waters came together in an ensemble cast in a story which saw an independent hotelier, Donna (Streep) in the Greek islands prepare for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile, Sophie, the spirited bride, had a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope »

- Zehra Phelan

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Mamma Mia 2: Lily James, Christine Baranski join cast

21 May 2017 9:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 13, 2017

Mamma Mia! 2 will see Christine Baranski return, and Lily James sign up for some Abba action...

The last piece of fresh casting news we had for the soon-to-shoot Mamma Mia sequel was when we learned that Amanda Seyfried would be back to play Sophie in the new movie. Now, though, we have one new addition, and another returnee.

Christine Baranski is the very welcome returnee, and she'll be reprising the role of Tanya. Lily James, meanwhile, is set to play a younger version of Meryl Streep's character from the original film, with part of the new movie using flashbacks.

The plot remains pretty unknown thus far, but as we find things out, we'll let you know.


From May 2017

Just in time for the tenth anniversary of the Mamma Mia! movie, Universal Pictures is getting a sequel together. And it’s all going to happen rather quickly. »

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! coming July 2018

19 May 2017 9:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal plans to celebrates the 10th anniversary of the filmed adaptation of the play Mamma Mia! with a follow-up, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which will open on July 20, 2018. The original cast of the 2008 film is expected to return.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will write and direct the sequel. Joining him are the original film’s producers Judy Craymer and Goetzman. Craymer not only worked on the original film, but created and produced the hit Broadway play. Also returning are lyrical and music supervisors Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeu, acting as executive producers as well.

Mamma Mia! is known for featuring many songs by the famous band Abba and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will continue that by featuring Abba songs not used in the original as well as some returning classics.

The original film starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, »

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‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Gets Release Date, Director at Universal

19 May 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal is officially moving along on a sequel to the 2008 hit “Mamma Mia,” with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” scribe Ol Parker writing and directing the new movie. The studio also dated the film, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” for July 20, 2018.

Playtone Pictures, which produced the first pic, is back on for the sequel.

Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash. Sources say that one angle could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place. The first film is based on the iconic musical about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group Abba.

The sequel will feature Abba songs not featured in the 2008 movie, “along with some reprised favorites,” according to the studio’s announcement. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, »

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We Need To Talk About The Word “Remake”

23 March 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.

The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.

Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.

So »

- Ciara Wardlow

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: Can Kevin Garvey Save Us?

16 March 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A great flood is approaching. The end may be near. Cue Abba’s “Sos,” and then witness Agnetha Fältskog’s beautiful voice singing over all sorts of chaos in a trailer fitting for the final season of The Leftovers. All the dark laughs and trials and tribulations aren’t over yet for the characters on Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s HBO drama. Based on […]

The post ‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: Can Kevin Garvey Save Us? appeared first on /Film. »

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