After 14 weeks, they returned to Pinewood to shoot the end title sequence: the principal cast members performing “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.” It was the fitting way to end the Mamma Mia! shoot.
Offering her parting thoughts on the film, Streep reflects on why this story has resonated for so many and what she wants audiences to take away from Mamma Mia!: “It’s all about past mistakes—your big fat regrets, your dreams, your hopes, your happiness—right there where you live.”
Brosnan comments on the popularity of the songs and the timeless lyrics that have endeared the band for generations: “Everyone has their favourite song. Everyone’s listened to ABBA; everyone’s danced to ABBA; everyone’s sung ABBA. Ultimately, people just love the songs and they have a place in their hearts for them.”
Our final words go to the women who have seen their dream cross mediums and continents. Of their hopes for the project, producer Craymer, screenwriter Johnson and director Lloyd offer the following…
Says Craymer: “We’ve re-branded ABBA into a whole different experience. They’re incredibly accessible, universal lyrics that everyone can relate to.”
Screenwriter Johnson surmises: “Although the characters haven’t changed, we get to know them better. The songs and the spectacle of Mamma Mia! are now so much larger. We really are in this place now; we’re on this Greek island and living the lives that these people are living.”
Our director concludes: “The story is the ultimate fairy tale. It touches something really fundamental in the audience about identity, about lost parents, lost children. It’s an epic story.”
Now I really know. My, my, I could never let you go.Universal Pictures presents—in association with Relativity Media—a Playtone/Littlestar Production: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!, starring Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski. Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, based on the songs of ABBA. The music supervisor is Becky Bentham, and the musical director is Martin Lowe. The choreographer is Anthony Van Laast. Mamma Mia!’s costume designer is Ann Roth; the editor is Lesley Walker. The production designer is Maria Djurkovic; the director of photography is Haris Zambarloukos, BSC. The executive producers are Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Mark Huffam. The film is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman. The screenplay is by Catherine Johnson. Mamma Mia! is directed by Phyllida Lloyd.