It looks like everyone's favorite pink-clad lawyer, Elle Woods, is about ready to make her big comeback as MGM is moving forward with plans for Legally Blonde 3, with Reese Witherspoon in talks to return.
The first Legally Blonde movie premiered in 2001. The film, which starred Witherspoon, focused on the life of a seemingly shallow sorority girl, Elle Woods, who suddenly decides that she would apply to Harvard Law School. Somehow, she gets in and hilarity ensures, but Elle eventually shows her peers that she actually has a knack for the profession. The movie went on to become the sleeper hit of the year and even gathered a few Golden Globe nominations. In the 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Elle takes her skills to Washington, D.C., and proves to Congress that she has what it takes to get real change enacted in the country. That movie, though, was not as successful at the box office as its predecessor. It received mostly negative reviews, although since then, it has become sort of a cult favorite, thanks to its release on home video.
However, it seems that Elle will get a third shot at theaters. Deadline reports that MGM is close to making a deal for Legally Blonde 3 that would have Witherspoon reprising her role as Elle. Also potentially on board for the sequel are writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who penned the first film, itself an adaptation of the novel of the same name. Witherspoon will also act as a producer, along with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel.
It has been 17 years since Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, but it seems that both MGM and Witherspoon believe it's time for Elle to make a comeback. The world's political landscape has changed drastically since the last movie, so it's likely that a plot might focus on that and continue the female empowerment message of the first two films. Considering the second movie had Elle working with a Congresswoman, perhaps the third movie will have Elle actually running for office. In this day and age, that's not a far-fetched idea, and many might believe that she's far more capable than certain real world Congress members.
Whatever the case, it's likely that audiences will embrace the comedy of Legally Blonde once more at the box office. Both movies still hold a special place in the hearts of many and quotes from both movies still come up from time to time.