Actress Mindy Kaling, who was currently writing the screenplay of "Legally Blonde 3," has revealed why it was taking so long for the third installment to come out.

"We don’t want to be responsible for ruining what’s basically Reese’s Avengers franchise," Kaling told TIME, ScreenRant reported. "What is Elle Woods like at 42? Does she end up becoming all the things she wanted? How does that personality manifest in a grown woman? Has she become more cynical?"

Kaling explained the lead character, portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, was in her 20s when the first and second installments were released in 2001 and 2003, respectively. However, she was concerned about how the character's charm was going to work after almost two decades.

"Her brightness and her cheerfulness really worked when she was 22, but how has life changed her perspective on things?" she continued. "We’re not afraid of the character in this world, and we don’t feel we have to apologize for her."

"As a fan, I didn’t want to watch her be canceled or become a Karen," she added. "So the character is just fun. That’s what’s been interesting and challenging—and why it’s taking us such a long time to write."

"Legally Blonde" is a romantic comedy franchise, which starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Jennifer Coolidge, Matt Davis, Jessica Cauffiel and Ali Larter.

The first installment of the movie revolves around Woods' character, who gets an admission into Harvard Law School because she wants to win back her ex-boyfriend, and then goes on to become a successful lawyer.

Besides writing the screenplay of the third installment, Kaling was a regular on "The Morning Show" series from 2019 to 2021. She also appeared in the TV series, "Monsters at Work" as Val's character. Kaling has worked in popular TV series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Office."

Witherspoon, on the other hand, is busy with projects like "Your Place or Mine," "Tiny Trailblazers," "Tinker Bell" and "Wish List." "Your Place or Mine" is currently under post-production and slated to release directly on Netflix this year. The movie is helmed by director Aline Brosh McKenna and it will also star Ashton Kutcher, Tig Notaro, Jesse Williams and Wesley Kimmel.

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Reese Witherspoon, pictured here as Elle Woods in the original “Legally Blonde,” is back for the third movie in the series. MGM