So, Legally Blonde 3 has been in the works for a couple years now, right? News that was equal parts exciting and worrisome. We certainly don’t need another crapfest like Legally Blonde 2. But now, things seem to be looking up. Deadline reports that Mindy Kaling will reunite with her A Wrinkle in Time co-star Reese Witherspoon to co-write the screenplay, along with Dan Goor, a writer/producer known for his work on The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Parks & Recreation. This is Mindy and Dan’s second screenplay together. Their first was for an upcoming wedding comedy starring Mindy and Priyanka Chopra (it’s just Mindy ripping on footage of Priyanka and Nick Jonas’ many, many weddings).
Mindy shared her excitement on Instagram:
Reese Witherspoon remains aboard, reprising her role as attorney Elle Woods, producing through her Hello Sunshine studio with the franchise’s original producer Marc Platt.
Deadline exclusively announced Legally Blonde 3 close to two years, with original scribes Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah penning. Kaling and Goor’s version isn’t a makeover, nor are they doing touch-ups, rather their screenplay will have an entirely new fresh spin.
Obviously the first Legally Blonde is a classic I’ve seen many, many times. We actually got to study it for a university Women’s Studies class (now called Gender Studies). I forget exactly why. Probably something to do with “performing one’s gender” and “being othered” (that’s what everything was about in that class). But like I said above, the sequel sucked. A blonde Sally Field? Sorry, but she’s a iconic brunette, you can’t just fuck with film history. And apparently there is a third film called Legally Blondes about Elle’s two British cousins going to a stuffy private school. The Wikipedia says “it was received good reviews”. Sure,
Fingers crossed that Mindy and Dan can return the franchise to its former glory. Some tips? Bring back Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, that sexy piece of Texan beef Luke Wilson (sorry, I’ve always had a thing for the shittier Wilson), and, of course, the real star of the first film… the “don’t stomp your little last season Prada shoes at me, honey” guy. Where’s his spin-off?!