Bizarre Fact No. 1: The ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since it opened in 1999.
Bizarre Fact No. 2: Tom Hanks is expected to executive produce "Mamma Mia!" for the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are developing the "Mamma Mia!" feature for Universal Pictures and ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will also come on board as executive producers.
Phyllida Lloyd, a theater veteran who helmed the original London staging, is in talks to make her feature directing debut.
"Mamma Mia!" focuses on a bride-to-be who invites three men who might be her father to her wedding. Hilarity ensues along with some 22 ABBA classics including such usual suspects as "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance on Me."
The incomparable Meryl Streep will star as the bride's mother. It will be her first on-screen musical proper, although she's showed off her pipes in "A Prairie Home Companion," "Postcards Form the Edge" and "Death Becomes Her."
The show's stage creators Catherine Johnson and Judy Craymer will remain involved as screenwriter and producer respectively.
No word on whether or not Hanks or Wilson will take some sort of on-camera role as well.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times