Fans have been anxiously been waiting on some positive news regarding the Disney+ reboot of Lizzie McGuire since the production was halted last November, as the studio let go of showrunner Terri Minsky. Now, the series’ star Hilary Duff has shared an update.
While speaking with Pop Sugar, Duff revealed that during the current coronavirus pandemic they’ve been discussing how to move forward with the series:
“Disney has certain things that have to be met for their brand, and I totally understand that, and they totally understand my needs. So we’re in a really good place of being like, ‘Hey, we pressed pause, and we’re regrouping.’ There’s been a lot of like creative meetings, obviously virtually. I think we’re on the right path, and I want it to happen more than anyone and they obviously feel the same way.”
Duff also shared that they need to honor the original series fanbase and tell more mature stories for those fans:
“I feel like it’s our responsibility to honor the fanbase that grew up with her and where they are now.”
Lastly, she revealed that Disney is “really excited” about the project and are still “dedicated to making it work.”
Back in February, when Disney+ made the move to pull Love, Victor from Disney+ to Hulu, Duff took to her Instagram story with an image of the article 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, which turned 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. According to Variety 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.
If what Duff said is to be believed about Disney’s excitement and commitment to getting this show made, then what I heard not too long ago is true, Disney has indeed brought Minsky back on as showrunner and Minsky and Duff are civilly in talks to find a happy medium with the studio to keep some mature themes for the series while being able to aim it at a new, younger generation. The series is not expected to move to Hulu nor have there been any conversations about it.
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.
Source: Pop Sugar