Disney fans worldwide are still mourning the loss of the Lizzie McGuire sequel, which was supposed to be released on Disney+ in 2020.
We’ve known for a while that the series would have seen Lizzie as a grown adult in New York, but not else more. But in an interview with Cosmopolitan, Hilary Duff revealed a few more details on what we would have expected with the series.
‘My character was moving back home with her parents because she caught her soon-to-be fiancé cheating on her, and she was falling flat on her face at the moment and being like, “I need to pivot because everything that I thought was wasn’t, and I’m turning 30. What the fuck?”‘ Duff told Ilana Kaplan.
The sequel series had a rocky production from the start, with the original creator, Terri Minsky, leaving the series after only two episodes filmed due to creative differences with Disney. We later learnt (via Duff) that Minsky had left and production stopped because Disney found the series to be not family-friendly enough for Disney+.
Duff publicly posted a statement on Instagram pleading for Disney to move the series to Hulu, but the series was ultimately cancelled.
However, the series may not stay dead forever because Duff recently revealed on Variety’s podcast that she doesn’t think the revival series is cancelled but instead a state of production limbo.
“I don’t think it’s dead, and I don’t think it’s alive. I think it’s just kind of sitting there… [At first,] I was like, ‘No, thank you,’, and then one day, I was like, ‘Yup.’ There’s much love there. There’s always struggle with something that’s so loved and important to so many people, I just keep my heart and my mind open. I don’t think that ‘How I Met Your Father’ would’ve come about if ‘Lizzie’ had happened.”
Hopefully, Disney will see this massive error and revive the series in the future.
Source: ScreenRant (Duff’s limbo statement).