The news that Reese Witherspoon would be reviving her iconic role as Elle Woods for Legally Blonde 3 was music to millennials’ ears back in June 2018. But since then, there’s been no word of when we can expect the film’s release, a trailer, or even for it to start filming. 

Of course, the pandemic had its part to play in production being delayed, as it did with every film and TV show of recent years. Legally Blonde 3 was originally scheduled to be released in May 2022 – next month! – but it’s since been pushed back with no new release date. 

Naturally, fans are wondering what’s going on and now we know: pandemic aside, there’s been something else that’s been holding its writers, Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, up: wanting to get Elle Woods’ story right. 

Speaking to TIME, Kaling explained, “We don’t want to be responsible for ruining what’s basically Reese’s Avengers franchise.”

“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 said. “Her brightness and her cheerfulness really worked when she was 22, but how has life changed her perspective on things?”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Actor & Writer Mindy Kaling and honoree Reese Witherspoon attend The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

Referencing the recent Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That, Kaling said she found the show “uncomfortable to watch,” adding, “I felt like I could commiserate with the producers and the writers of the show, trying to address all these issues from the past, and be funny and fabulous, but also sort of apologise for itself.”

Going back to Legally Blonde 3, she went on, “The hardest thing about this project is trying to figure that out in an authentic way. Honestly, watching And Just Like That, and how they took a character from 18 years ago, and how the character was now – we want to make sure that Elle Woods is not paying penance for existing in the year 2022.”

She added, “We’re not afraid of the character in this world, and we don’t feel we have to apologise for her. As a fan, I didn’t want to watch her be cancelled or become a Karen. 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.”