'Legally Blonde' Prequel Series a Go at Amazon

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Reese Witherspoon is bringing a Legally Blonde series to Amazon’s Prime Video.

What, like it’s hard?

Amazon MGM Studios head Jennifer Salke, Witherspoon — and Bruiser the dog —  announced a series order for the show Tuesday at Amazon’s first-ever upfront presentation. The show, titled Elle, will tell the origin story of Elle Woods as a 1990s high schooler. It has been in the works since early April. Witherspoon will executive produce via her Hello Sunshine banner along with series creator and showrunner Laura Kittrell (Insecure, Amazon Freevee’s High School), Hello Sunshine’s Lauren Neustadter and Lauren Kisilevsky, and Marc Platt, producer of the Legally Blonde films.

The logline for the series reads, “Elle follows Elle Woods in high school as we learn about the life experiences that shaped her into the iconic young woman we came to know and love in the first Legally Blonde film.”

“I truly couldn’t be more excited about this series!” Witherspoon said in a statement. “Fans will get to know how Elle Woods navigated her world as a teenager with her distinct personality and ingenuity, in ways that only our beloved Elle could do. What could be better than that? I’m extremely grateful to the incredible teams at Prime Video and Hello Sunshine — along with our amazing writer Laura Kittrell — for making this dream of mine come true. Legally Blonde is back!”

Elle continues Hello Sunshine’s working relationship with Prime Video; the company, owned by Candle Media, previously produced Daisy Jones and the Six and the feature film Something From Tiffany’s for the streamer.

“One of the most quotable, iconic, and beloved characters that is ingrained in the fabric of Hollywood history has to be Elle Woods, and we are honored to bring her origin story to our global Prime Video customers,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television for Amazon MGM Studios. “Reese and Hello Sunshine’s vision for this series, coupled with Laura Kittrell’s winning voice, made this show completely undeniable.”

Hello Sunshine and Amazon MGM Studios will produce Elle (MGM also produced the films). There’s no word yet on casting for the teenage version of the character.

Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson. Kittrell is with UTA and Mosaic.

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