Hilary Duff confirms ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot is dead
Last Modified: Dec 31, 2020
Former Disney star Hilary Duff has confirmed that the Lizzie McGuire reboot is officially dead.
The 33-year-old actress shared the news on her Instagram with the caption, “a wise woman once said “if it’s over let it go, and come tomorrow it will seem so yesterday...”
The post’s first lines read, “I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She had 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 it isn’t going to happen,” Duff wrote. “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 who would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her.”
Disney’s spokesperson has also confirmed the news, "Lizzie McGuire fans have high expectations for any new stories. Unless and until we are confident we can meet those expectations, we’ve decided to hold off, and today, we informed the cast’s representatives that we are not moving forward with the planned series.”
The show had first aired on Disney from 2001 to 2004 and in 2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie was released in theatres.
In August 2019 a reboot of Lizzie McGuire series following Lizzie in her 20s was announced. After TV writer Terri Minsky departed in January, the show also went on hiatus.
A Disney spokesperson had told Variety at the time that after filming two episodes they “concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
Duff, who was the executive of the reboot had pleaded Disney+ to move the Lizzie reboot to Hulu alongside Love, Simon spinoff show Love, Victor. But Alas, the dream of the reboot is gone.