'Legally Blonde 3': The Office's Mindy Kaling and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Dan Goor writing script

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Legally Blonde (Credit: MGM)

The long-awaited new Legally Blonde movie has signed up a star writing team.

Deadline reports that Mindy Kaling, director, writer, producer and star of the US version of The Office, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor will pen the script.

The sequel was confirmed by original star Reese Witherspoon nearly two years ago, with the MGM studio slating a Valentine's Day release for 2021.

The writers of the original movies, Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz were then signed up to write the new movie, but Kaling and Goor are now on board to give the project 'an entirely new fresh spin'.

Mindy Kaling (Credit: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Director Robert Luketic helmed the first film, back in 2001, with Witherspoon playing sorority girl Elle Woods, who attempts to win back her boyfriend by ace-ing a law degree at Harvard, which she does, dispelling prejudice against blondes in the process.

The comedy, which also starred Luke Wilson and Selma Blair, made $141 million.

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It then spawned Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde in 2003, in which Elle, with her chihuahua Bruiser, take on Washington DC and a cosmetic testing lab.

The second movie was also a decent hit, making $125 million.

It was then followed in 2007 by Legally Blonde: The Musical, which hit Broadway and later London's West End, where it won three Olivier Awards.

Witherspoon, meanwhile, recently announced she’s signed up to two new rom-com projects with Netflix, Your Place or Mine and The Cactus, both to be produced by her own production company, Hello Sunshine.