Why The “Lizzie McGuire” Reboot Is No Longer Happening

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In August of 2019, Hilary Duff excitedly announced her newest collaboration with Disney+, to bring back the 2001 iconic television show, “Lizzie McGuire”. The show was set to follow the original “Lizzie McGuire” cast, years later. 

However, there was just one problem. With Disney’s “family friendly” brand, the new “Lizzie Mcguire” reboot would have had to maintain certain restrictions, and the reboot wouldn’t have been authentic to present day life. 

Nonetheless, the cast attempted to film the reboot in November of 2019 — 

with Hilary Duff, Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd, Adam Lamberg, and Robert Carradine reprising their original roles. They all seemed so excited about venturing out into a new adventure together, and bringing back all of the nostalgic, early 2000s feelings. 

Unfortunately their moment of triumph didn’t last too long. In February, Duff reposted a headline article, pertaining to the Hulu smash hit, “Love, Victor”. The show is a television adaptation of the 2018 LGBTQ+ coming of age film, “Love, Simon”. The title revealed that due to Disney’s ‘family friendly brand’, “Love, Victor” would no longer be airing on the Disney+ streaming service. Rather, it was pushed to Hulu’s platform. 

Duff captioned the re-post “sounds familiar…”.

The reboot began to fall apart, shortly after showrunner, Terri Minsky (creator of the original “Lizzie McGuire” show), was laid off back in January. They were only two episodes into filming by that point. Production was halted soon, thereafter. 

According to an interview with Variety, Minsky admitted that, “Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing. That’s the part where I am completely in the dark. It’s important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy of that kind of devotion.”

On February 28th, Duff pleaded with fans to help her convince Disney to allow for a transfer of platforms — from Disney+ to Hulu.

Since then, we haven’t heard much about whether or not the reboot would continue on a different platform… until recently. 

On Wednesday, December 16th, Duff broke the mystery by posting the following statement to her Instagram:

While so many fans of the original series are heartbroken, they’re also very supportive and understanding of why Duff decided not to go with the “PG” version of the reboot. She stuck up for herself, her cast mates, and the character of ‘Lizzie’ that inspired so many young adults, still to this day. 

Hilary, we see you and we support you. Maybe one day, Disney will come around and allow the reboot to be streamed on a more ‘adult’ platform. Until then, keep doing you, and keep standing up for what you believe in. Your supporters aren’t going anywhere. 

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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