Back in 2019, Disney announced that it would be rebooting the very popular Lizzie McGuire, starring Hilary Duff as Lizzie, and it would be set to stream on their newest platform, Disney+.
The show ran on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004 and was very popular among older kids, tweens, and young teens at the time. Unfortunately, in December 2020, Duff announced that things had fallen through and that the show would not actually be happening.
Recently, Hilary Duff, who stars in the TV Land series Younger, sat down for an interview on the SiruisXM show The Jess Cagle Show and talked about why the show became something that could not work for both the actors and Disney+. In the story, reported by E! News, Duff said:
“That’s kind of been the battle,” she explained. “Like I don’t want to call it a battle cause everyone’s on very like loving terms between, you know, me and Disney, but that that’s been the thing. I think they’re really trying to figure out what kind of content they want living on Disney+, and that doesn’t totally align with, like, where I see Lizzie right now, you know, and I’m like very protective of her and they’re very protective of her.”
The Lizzie McGuire reboot had brought back Lizzie McGuire‘s original showrunner, Terri Minsky, but she ended up leaving due to creative differences with Disney. In an interview with Variety, Minsky said:
“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.”
In addition to Hilary Duff returning as the title character, the reboot series was also set to star a majority of the Lizzie McGuire cast returning to their original roles. Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and Hallie Todd (Murder, She Wrote) were set to return as Sam and Jo, Lizzie’s parents. Jake Thomas (20 Something) was going to return as Lizzie’s annoying younger brother Matt, and Adam Lamberg (Beautiful Loser) was going to reprise his role as Lizzie’s best friend, Gordo.
While the Lizzie McGuire reboot may not be happening anymore, Duff made it clear that she did not regret trying to bring Lizzie back into the hearts and minds of fans across the globe. She said in the SiruisXM interview:
“It was lovely to relive that even for three weeks of my life, because, you know, there was a point in my life where I couldn’t stand Lizzie McGuire,” she explained. “And I was like, ‘I don’t want to hear that name ever again.’ And now that I’m my age, I’m like, I love her. She’s, you know, this is where it all began for me. She is me and I am her.”
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