The planned rebirth of the “Lizzie McGuire” franchise, which was to feature Hilary Duff reprising her role as Disney Channel’s fourth character, is officially dead.
Hilary Duff confirmed the news in an Instagram ad on Wednesday, saying the project was not moving forward and a new showrunner had not been found following the dismissal of rebirth creator and showrunner Terri Minsky.
Duff said in a statement to fans, “I have been very honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. I know effort and conversation has been all over the place to try to make a reboot work but unfortunately and despite everyone’s best efforts, that won’t happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and genuine for who Lizzie would be today. This is what the character deserves.
Much of the problem stemmed from behind-the-scenes clashes over the show’s creative direction. Essentially, Disney + wanted something akin to the original Disney Channel show (ala “Fuller House”) with a very family-friendly approach and no real character growth.
Duff and much of the creative team wanted to tackle more adult topics – understandable as the character would now be 33 rather than 13. Attempts were made to come to a compromise (ala “Love Victor” moving to Hulu) , but in the end, they couldn’t agree.