It’s true what they say, blondes have more fun. They also apparently get more sequels too. Thus returns Legally Blonde 3, the apparent trilogy closer no one expected from Reese Witherspoon and MGM. News broke earlier this week that Witherspoon is was negotiations with MGM to make another film about her popular alter-ego, Elle Woods. They apparently went well as a release date is already slated!
It quickly spread through the industry today that Witherspoon is in talks to resurrect the film, which would once again reunite her with Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah, the writing team behind the original 2001 film, as well as 10 Things I Hate About You and Ella Enchanted. (They notably did not pen 2003’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.)
And now we have this fittingly pink release date announcement via Twitter!
The film also returns Marc Platt and his production company Platt Productions to the producer’s chair on the film. Additionally, Witherspoon is producing this film via her production company, Hello Sunshine. This unto itself marks how formidable a creative presence Witherspoon has become in the industry since this pair of star vehicles concluded 15 years ago. Since then she has won an Oscar for her work in Walk the Line and has produced Gone Girl, Wild (for which she was also nominated for an Oscar), and HBO’s Big Little Lies. The second season of the latter is also now in production with Witherspoon reprising her role as Madeline Makenzie alongside Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz.
The first Legally Blonde film was adapted from a book of the same name by Amanda Brown. In that original story, Elle is a perky sorority girl who is accepted to Harvard Law. Initially she goes into law school to pursue (a terrible) man but goes on to be an independent and unexpectedly brilliant legal scholar, even if she shakes up “tradition” by cutting a pink streak through the prestigious university. The less loved sequel saw Ms. Woods go to Washington and shake up the status quo with a pseudo Capra-esque plot with a whole lot more blonde jokes. She was last seen setting her eyes on the White House, so maybe she’ll be Madame President by the time the third film comes out?
Since the sequel, the story has also been adapted into a Broadway musical.