When Emily Dickinson wrote of hope as “the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul,” she may have been describing my feelings about the possibility of a Mamma Mia 3. My hope finally took flight last week, when Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer told the Daily Mail that the 2008 film and its 2018 sequel were “meant to be a trilogy,” adding, “I know Universal would like me to do it.”
Unfortunately, my heart broke—along with those of diehard Mamma Mia! fans around the world—when star Amanda Seyfried addressed the rumors on Monday, telling Collider, “Listen, every single person in that movie would say yes in a heartbeat because we want to hang out with each other. That’s what we talked about last time—like, did we ever think that we’d end up here again on an island in Croatia? So yeah, 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.”
Hearing that Seyfried is technically on board is all I need, frankly, even if Mamma Mia 3’s chances aren’t exactly good. After all, a new installment in the Mamma Mia! franchise would be as close to an idyllic Greek vacation as most of us are getting anytime soon, even if Meryl Streep doesn’t return for it. Am I really just supposed to give up on that dream? To inelegantly paraphrase one of my favorite ABBA lyrics, if the players involve change their minds, I’ll be first in line.