The lead actress confirmed via Instagram that the revival was officially tabled. This is largely due to creative differences.
Just before we all went into lockdown, Disney announced that our favorite TV show Lizzie McGuire would be getting a reboot for its new streaming service Disney+. Unfortunately, as the show's lead actress Hilary Duff has just shared, the revival is no longer on the horizon. After several conflicts of interest, it appears that the show has been tabled with no real possibility of a reboot anywhere in sight. The announcement has come as a major disappointment to many, particularly longtime fans who grew up with Duff's iconic character. The show apparently began to go downhill after a couple of months of cast announcements, table reads, and photos, E! Online reports.
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The unfortunate announcement was made by none other than Duff herself via a text post uploaded to Instagram. "I've been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life," she wrote. "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 and despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen."
One of the main reasons the show will not be going into production is because of conflicting creative interests. As Duff described, "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 their best and the stars just didn't align." The original series creator, Terri Minsky, abandoned the reboot over creative differences at the beginning of January.
Additionally, Duff pleaded with producers to move the show from Disney+ to Hulu, following in the footsteps of Love, Victor. She wrote at the time, "I'd be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old's journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating." Of course, the news has been incredibly disheartening to fans who were eagerly looking forward to the reboot. Now, they hope to at least see the two episodes that Minsky created before production was shut down to put "a new lens" on the series, as Disney+ originally promised to do when the creator departed. As Duff sarcastically affirmed, "Hey now, this is what 2020's made of."