Legally Blonde 3 Sets New Release Date for 2022
Following yesterday’s Legally Blonde virtual reunion, MGM has officially set the release date for their long-in development Reese Witherspoon-led third installment which will be co-written by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor. Originally scheduled for an early 2020 release, Legally Blonde 3 will now hit the theaters on May 2022, which would be four years after the project was first introduced in 2018.
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The plot details are currently unknown, but Legally Blonde 3 was previously described to be in the spirit of the first film, with the intention to make this “more about female empowerment, a message that hits at a fortuitous time in the culture.” The minds behind the project are hoping to draw back the audience that fell in love with the original film as well as finding a new global audience that will embrace Elle Woods and the film’s message.
Set to be written by Emmy Award-winning writer-actress Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) and Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), the long-in-development threequel will see the return of Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon to reprise her iconic role as Elle Woods. Legally Blonde scribes Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah (10 Things I Hate About You) were previously attached to write the script. However, the outlet notes that Kaling and Goor’s version won’t be a rewrite of Smith and McCullah’s first script but will instead have an entirely new fresh spin on the story.
Legally Blonde 3 will be produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter through their Hello Sunshine banner along with Platt Productions’ Adam Siegel and original producer Marc Platt.
Legally Blonde debuted 17 years ago and told the story of Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen who is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school and while she is there figures out that there is more to her than just her looks. In the 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Woods heads to Washington D.C. to join the staff of a congresswoman in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing. The original movie grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, with the sequel earning $124 million off of a $45 million budget.