Reese Witherspoon is heading back to court, as she is close to wrapping up a deal with MGM to produce Legally Blonde 3. The original’s screenwriters, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, are expected to pen the threequel, and original producer Marc Platt will be producing.

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The original Legally Blonde, about a bubbly sorority girl who takes Harvard Law by storm, opened back in 2001 and went on to gross $96 million domestically. The (not-quite-as-highly-regarded) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde followed in 2003 and nearly matched that total with $90 million of its own. The brand has remained alive with a musical adaptation that premiered on Broadway in 2007 and has been touring in the years since.

A sequel that arrives a decade or more after the last entry is always a dicey proposition, but one of Elle Woods’ defining characteristics is her ability to defy expectations, so it would be appropriate if she manages to do so with LB3. Plus, this isn’t the first Witherspoon-starring project that is being stretched further than originally intended, what with Big Little Lies Season 2 set to arrive in 2019.

But the biggest concern we should have is that dogs don’t typically live longer than 15 years. And indeed, the pooch who played Elle’s beloved Bruiser passed away a couple of years ago. But who can imagine Elle Woods walking along in her pink heels without a chihuahua by her side? It is of course impossible to imagine such a scenario. Luckily, there are always new dogs available for adoption.

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