Hilary Duff has confirmed that the Lizzie McGuire reboot is no longer happening. Production had already started, and a few episodes were completed before talks broke down behind-the-scenes. At the beginning of the year, it was revealed that creator Terri Minsky had left the series after filming only two episodes. Disney made an announcement and said that they wanted to go in a different direction, citing creative differences.
By February of this year, it was strongly rumored that Hilary Duff was going to leave the Lizzie McGuire reboot. A report at the time stated, "It is possible the show could still move forward if a new showrunner is able to balance the desires of both Duff and Disney, but that appears increasingly unlikely, sources with knowledge of the show indicate. A Disney spokesperson denied that the show is being scrapped in a statement." After that, the public health crisis put a halt to everything.
Now, Hilary Duff is sharing her side of the story, which seems to line up with the previous rumors and reports from the beginning of the year. As productions are slowly getting back to work, many Lizzie McGuire fans were hoping to get an update from Duff or Disney. The studio held its investor meeting last week, and the show was not brought up at all. Duff had this to say about the current situation of the reboot.
"I've been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans' loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It's what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. I'm very sad, but I promise everyone tried the best and the stars just didn't align. Hey now, this is what 2020's made of."
It seems that Terri Minsky and Hilary Duff were fighting the same battle behind-the-scenes with Disney. Back in February, Minsky shared her thoughts on the situation, explaining why she left the reboot. As it turns out, Duff and Minsky both wanted the Lizzie character to be more mature, and dealing with real-world problems, but Disney did not want to go in that direction. Minsky explains.
"I am so proud of the two episodes we did. 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."
For now, the Lizzie McGuire reboot will not be happening at Disney+. As for anyone hoping that Hulu will get into the picture, it seems that ship has already sailed. It appears that the show will not be happening any time soon, unless Disney can reach a deal with the creative team behind Lizzie McGuire. You can check out the official statement on the show above, thanks to Hilary Duff's Instagram page.