Back in January, reports had surfaced that the Disney+ Lizzie McGuire revival had put production which had been ongoing since November on hold as the studio had let go of showrunner Terri Minsky. Now, Variety has revealed new details on the exit.
According to the trade who initially broke the story, the series star Hilary Duff was not very happy with the studio after learning two days before returning from her honeymoon that they had removed Minsky someone the actress is fond of.
The revelation comes less than 24 hours after Duff took to her Instagram story to share a screenshot of a news headline about the planned Disney+ Love, Simon series. Now titled Love, Victor, the show was moved this week to Hulu after it was deemed not “family-friendly” enough for the Disney-branded streamer. In her post, Duff circled the words “family-friendly” in the headline and wrote above it “Sounds familiar.” This led people to believe this could be why the series is on hold.
Well, that turns out to be the case as Duff and Minsky wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series. Sources say that Disney was initially onboard with Minsky and Duff’s take from the time they pitched it to filming, during which time executives from Disney were onset and were aware of the type of content that would be featured in the show.
As of now, the studio has not found a new showrunner despite ongoing meetings. According to sources it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that this series may not even move forward. A new show runner would need to have the same vision as stuff as well as make her happy.
As we previously learned during D23 Expo, Hilary Duff would be going back to her Disney roots to reboot Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie is now in her 30’s and working her dream job in New York and dating a guy who owns a pizzeria. Although she’s still the Lizzie we know and love and instead of facing challenges of growing up, she’ll be facing challenges of being a grown-up.
Lalaine Vergara-Paras (Miranda Sanchez), Adam Lamberg (“Gordo”) and Clayton Snyder (Ethan Craft) would reprise their roles, as would the rest of Lizzie’s family Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas reprising their roles as Jo, Sam, and Matt McGuire.