Legally Blonde 3 has brought on Mindly Kaling of The Office fame and Dan Goor, co-creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to pen the screenplay.
According to Deadline, who first reported the news, the two have officially signed on to write MGM’s Legally Blonde 3, giving the screenplay an “entirely new fresh spin.”
The original Legally Blonde writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah were initially set to pen the screenplay when the film was first announced two years ago in 2018; however, Deadline reports that Kaling and Goor are not giving the script a makeover or providing touch-ups, but will instead take the script in a new direction entirely.
Reese Witherspoon remains on the project, reprising her role as Harvard Law graduate and attorney Elle Woods, and will likewise produce the film through her Hello Sunshine studio with the franchise’s original producer Marc Platt.
Mindy Kaling is currently riding high on the success of Netflix’s comedic series Never Have I Ever, which she co-created and is the executive producer on. She’s best known for her time on The Office, in which she was a writer, actor and eventual executive producer.
Dan Goor is two-time Emmy winning writer of The Daily Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, the co-creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and was an EP and writer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Legally Blonde 3 will be the second feature on which Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor partner — the first being the Kaling/Priyanka Chopra wedding comedy that Universal won in auction last year.
Both Legally Blonde pics grossed close to $267 million at the world wide box office, with the first film making grossing $141.7 million on a reported $18 million budget. The movies likewise inspired a 2007 Broadway musical which received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations.