Tom Hanks to Back ABBA-daptation

The worldwide stage sensation "Mamma Mia!," a light-hearted musical packed to the gills with goofy ol' ABBA songs (that also grossed about $1.5 billion all told), will soon earn a big-screen adaptation -- thanks to producer Tom Hanks.

Says Variety: ""Mamma Mia!" -- the tuner that made theater snobs cringe but that worldwide auds embraced -- has fueled the bigscreen interest of Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

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Hanks from "The Terminal"
The filmmakers are eyeing release by late 2007. The show's book writer, Catherine Johnson, is penning the screenplay, which will stick closely to the crowd-pleasing musical's plot. Raised on a Greek island by a formerly rebellious mom who never disclosed the identity of her father, a bride-to-be locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The resulting conflict triggers 22 Abba hits like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All.""

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Someone let me know when the Air Supply movie gets greenlit.

Comments

dracus

Cap Nord

I like Hanks, but this one's got "DORK" written all over it.

Apr 21 - 06:18 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Yeah, it was a fun musical on stage, but translated to film...I don't know.

Apr 21 - 06:35 AM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

He should stay in front of the camera.

Apr 21 - 12:48 PM

ddp73

First Last

[b]Sure[/b]
When I went to see the play Momma Mia! I was very unsure of what I got myself into, but after it was over I would have seen it again. It was absolutely wonderful. Now you fall into the how-will-it-translate-from-stage-to-screen which can be good (CHicago) to not so great (Rent), the positive side I belive is that they are using the same write who wrote the play to write the screenplay. As long as they keep the dialogue down and the tunes coming I think they will pull it off. I'm there!

Apr 21 - 01:04 PM

VML

Victoria Leduc

Mamma Mia! doesn't make a good movie.

Apr 21 - 07:45 PM

South_park300

First Last

i'll give it a chance. i wanna see the trailer....although with a late 2007 release, it will be awhile

Apr 22 - 07:34 PM

Horstradamus

Marius Horst

[b]I saw the musical[/b]
Really, despite how many critics wet themselves over this show, I thought the whole plot was horribly contrived and strung together loosely over a best of Abba album. Good music. Dumb plot. Should have left it on stage. This one's going right into the crapper.

Apr 22 - 10:22 PM

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