Witherspoon eyes ‘Blonde’

MGM negotiating with thesp for adaptation

This article was corrected on June 4, 2000.

NEW YORK — MGM is negotiating with Reese Witherspoon (“Pleasantville,” “Election”) to star in “Legally Blonde,” an adaptation of the comic novel by Amanda Brown. The film will be directed by Robert Luketic, who’s making his feature directing debut after gaining notice for directing the splashy musical short film “Titsiana Booberini.”

Witherspoon is in talks to plays a prototypical naive blonde who is dumped by her boyfriend and decides to attend Stanford Law School so she can meet a better class of men. She winds up becoming a lawyer and warms to the job, surprising everybody by winning a big case. The film is being produced by Marc Platt, who optioned it last year and enlisted Karen Lutz and Kirsten Smith to adapt it when the scribes were coming off the teen hit “10 Things I Hate About You.”

The project then caught the fancy of Luketic, who’s currently developing a feature version of “Titsiana” at Miramax. Filming will begin in the fall.

Witherspoon is repped by ICM’s Steve Dontanville and managed by Evelyn O’Neill, while Luketic is repped by CAA and manager Paul Nelson of Gold Miller. Writers Karen Lutz and Kirsten Smith are repped by Lee Cohen of Major Clients Agency, managed by Seth Jaret and lawyered by Karl Austen.

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