Almost 20 years after the original, Legally Blonde 3 Is In The Works.
Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line) is reprising her role as the precocious, idealistic Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3 for MGM, and they’ve brought back most of the creative team from the first film.
MGM is closing a screenwriting deal with Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who wrote the adapted script for the 2001 original.
While the plot has not been officially disclosed yet, we’ve heard that it is going to be much in the spirit of the first film, in which Wood’s idealism and pink-dominant wardrobe prevailed over all of the cynicism and snootiness around her at Harvard.
According to MGM, the intention for this third film is to make it about female empowerment. The hope is to draw back the audience that grew up with the original film and find a new global audience.
Legally Blonde was a success for MGM in 2001. The film followed a perky sorority sister attempting to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree from Harvard University, as she remained relentlessly upbeat and usually clad in pink. Legally Blonde also starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge.
The original film has been a staple for young-female audiences who’ve rediscovered it on DVD or through the hit stage musical that continues to tour. The original grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, and the sequel brought in $124 million on a $45 million budget.
Witherspoon was 25 when the original film was released. When the third in the franchise is released in 2019, she will be 44.