Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor of “Parks and Recreations,” are collaborating to pen the script for “Legally Blonde 3.”
Reese Witherspoon reprises her role as Elle Woods in the third installment of the franchise. Lauren Neustadter, head of television and films for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Platt Productions, will produce the film.
Kaling and Witherspoon co-starred in Ava DuVernay’s 2018 fantasy film “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Kaling shared the news on Instagram. “So excited to be reunited with my friends @ReeseW, Lauren Neustadter and @djgoor to work on this movie.” She added: “Elle Woods is so iconic, proving you can be girly and smart at the same time. Bend and snap people!”
Similarly, Witherspoon took to social media as well. “Great news alert!! Some things are just meant to be! I’m SOOO excited to have @MindyKaling and #DanGoor writing Legally Blonde 3!” she wrote, alongside a picture of Kaling recreating one of Elle Woods’ looks from the movie. “This is #ElleWoodsApproved!”
This is the second time Kaling and Goor are teaming up. They have also been roped in for the screenplay of Universal Pictures’ wedding comedy. Kaling teamed up with Priyanka Chopra for the international comedy set in America and India, which centers on a big traditional Indian wedding and the ensuing culture clashes. Deadline says the film is being pitched as “Crazy Rich Asians” meets “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Kaling recently co-created and executive produced “Never Have I Ever,” the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy series which follows an Indian American teenage girl and is inspired by Kaling’s growing up years.
Last summer she co-created and executive produced the Hulu series “Four Weddings and a Funeral” based on the 1990s romantic comedy. Her movie “Late Night,” which she stars in, wrote and produced, made its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Amazon for $13 million.
“Legally Blonde,” which follows an unconventional law student who shakes up Harvard law school, hit theaters in 2001, becoming a surprise box-office success. The film’s sequel, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” was released in 2003.
Though details about the much-awaited third installment of the series are still under wraps, Entertainment Weekly reported that Matthew Davis (Warner in “Legally Blonde”) and Regina King (Grace in “Legally Blonde 2”) have said they would “bend and snap back into their roles for ‘Legally Blonde 3’ if given the opportunity.”
Witherspoon had initially confirmed in 2018 that “Legally Blonde 3” was in the works with original scriptwriters Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah.
Another film, “Legally Blondes” was released in 2009, but it did not star Witherspoon, though she reportedly produced it. A stage musical version hit Broadway in 2007.