Helmer to receive high six figures to direct laffer
Charlie Herman-Wurmfeld (“Kissing Jessica Stein”) is in final negotiations to helm Reese Witherspoon in the laffer “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” for MGM.
On the fast track to begin shooting in November, the sequel features Witherspoon returning to play Elle Woods, a Beverly Hills beauty who enrolled in Harvard’s law school to get her boyfriend back. Second outing has Woods throwing her pink hat in the political ring, moving to Washington, D.C., to run for political office.
Playing off the pic’s title, MGM has already pegged next summer’s Fourth of July weekend as the pic’s official release date.
Witherspoon will produce “Legally Blonde 2” through her Intermedia-based production shingle Type A Films. Marc Platt will also return to produce, with Elizabeth Ingold overseeing the production for MGM.
Could make $2 mil
Once the deal is inked, Herman-Wurmfeld will receive high six figures to direct the comedy, whose most recent draft was penned by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment-repped scribe Kate Kondell. Additional bonuses could potentially net him as much as $2 million for the job.
Herman-Wurmfeld takes the reins of “Blonde” from Robert Luketic, who opted to pass on the pic to pursue several other projects he’s attached to at DreamWorks.
Most recently, Herman-Wurmfeld, who is repped by Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, has been touring the festival circuit, generating critical praise for helming the Fox Searchlight-distribbed low-budget romantic comedy “Kissing Jessica Stein.” The pic generated a healthy $7 million at the B.O.