A third Legally Blonde movie has been in the works since around June 2018, but the threequel has now secured a pair of talented writers to pen the film. Mindy Kaling and Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner Dan Goor have signed on to write the Legally Blonde 3 script.
Naturally, Reese Witherspoon is returning as the lead in the role she first made famous in 2001, playing a sorority girl who bucks stereotypes to get accepted into Harvard Law School. There was a 2003 sequel – Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde – which found her traveling to Washington D.C. in a dog-centric plot. It wasn’t received nearly as well as the first film.
Kaling and Goor should be a great duo to spearhead the screenplay. Kaling has written on The Office before creating and starring in her own show, The Mindy Project. She also recently penned feature comedy Late Night and the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. Goor is the Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner and also previously wrote on Parks & Recreation.
Those are some impressive credits, the kind you’re looking for when searching for writers of a comedy film. But Kaling might be the key here, as Late Night was a film about the lack of diversity within writer’s rooms and how powerful women aren’t necessarily allies to others, and one expects Legally Blonde 3 to have something to say about professional women considering the themes of the first movie.
This could lead to a huge year down the line for Witherspoon. She’s just signed on for two Netflix romcoms which could coincide with Legally Blonde 3. That could mark a significant return to the big screen and maybe provide a boost to the flailing genre. She’s also been killing it in the TV realm, producing and starring in shows such as Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show.