It looks like the Legally Blonde franchise might be making comeback, and it’s a great time to address the social issues that affect us today. Reports say that star Reese Witherspoon is in talks to reprise her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3. More on the story below.
THR says MGM is nearing a deal, which would not only have Witherspoon reprise her role, but act as a producer as well. They add that Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who penned the original 2001 film, would also return to write the script for the third. Marc Platt would also produce.
Now, the last time we saw a Legally Blonde film was back in 2003 with Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. So it’s been nearly 15 years since we last heard about it. In the first film, Elle Woods, a rich, straight-A sorority girl studying fashion merchandising decides to switch majors and become a law student after her boyfriend dumps her because he doesn’t think she’s the right fit for his political aspirations. Intent on proving him wrong, Elle makes her way to law school, but is a fish out of water. But it’s all about proving everyone who ever doubted her wrong.
The first film was enough of a hit to garner a cult following and a theatrical sequel,as well as a direct-to-video spinoff,Legally Blondes, and a Tony-Award-nominated musical. But The success of the original film is likely why Smith and McCullah are being brought back to write the third. One thing Elle Woods proved, though, is that women don’t have to be superheroes to kick butt. They could be a superhero in their own way. No powers, no special training, just being who you are.
With its star, writers, and producers set in place, the next thing to do is to find a director to helm the film. Robert Luketic directed the first, with Charles Herman-Wurmfeld behind the second.
Deadline adds that the next film will be in the spirit of the first, in which Woods’ idealism and pink-dominant wardrobe prevailed over the cynicism and snootiness all around her after the freshly dumped former sorority sister heads to law school. According to their report:
The intention here is to make this more about female empowerment, a message that hits at a fortuitous time in the culture. The feeling is to draw back in the audience that grew up with the original film, and find a new global audience.
[Source: THR | Deadline]