‘Lizzie McGuire’: Hilary Duff Seemingly Shades Disney+ After ‘Love, Simon’ Spin-Off Moves to Hulu
Hilary Duff was to return to play Lizzie McGuire in a reboot being developed by Disney+. The show’s revival was one of the highly-anticipated shows on the nascent digital platform. There has been so much excitement about the reboot that Duff was invited to make the announcement at the D23 Expo over the summer. Production for the series came to a halt and fans are now getting insight into the problems the show faces.
‘Love, Simon’ spin-off moves to Hulu
Insight into Duff’s frustration over the Lizzie McGuire difficulties to continue filming came after major news for the Love, Simon spin-off. The latter was also developed for the Disney streaming service but it was just announced it would be moving to Hulu.
Now, the 10-episode series titled Love, Victor will premiere in June to coincide with Pride Month. The main focus is a teenager on a self-discovery journey, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.
Disney+ executives made the move because the issues that the show explores doesn’t fit the “family-friendly content” that they want to promote.
When Duff read the article, she seemingly shaded and shared the struggles of her own show.
“Sounds familiar,” she posted on her Instagram Stories.
‘Lizzie McGuire’ creator breaks silence
Following Duff’s message, the Lizzie McGuire series creator broke her silence. Terri Minsky exited the revival in January after two episodes were produced. At the time there were rumors that Disney executives were not happy with the direction the reboot was taking as they wanted something the whole family could watch.
“I am so proud of the two episodes we did,” Minsky told Variety. “Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally, I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing. That’s the part where I am completely in the dark. It’s important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy of that kind of devotion.”
After Duff’s post, fans panicked and gave way to rumors that Lizzie McGuire was canceled. A spokesperson for Disney assured Variety that the show is on pause as they re-develop the concept.
“We paused production on ‘Lizzie McGuire’ a few weeks ago to allow time for some creative re-development,” the spokesperson said. “Our goal is to resume production and to tell an authentic story that connects to the millions who are emotionally invested in the character, and a new generation of viewers too.”
Fans want the adult ‘Lizzie McGuire’
Fans of Lizzie McGuire have been vocal about the reboot since it was first announced. To find out that the show is on pause because it’s too adult for Disney+ has upset them.
“I want an adult version of the Lizzie McGuire reboot not a kid family show like Raven’s Home,” a fan tweeted.
“We want Terri Minsky back helming the Lizzie McGuire reboot. We want the grown-up version. of the show that they originally pitched to you. Don’t do a disservice to fans to play things safe,” another fan said.
“Glad I didn’t sign up for Disney+,” another Twitter user added. With Lizzie McGuire not rebooting with an adult-friendly storyline, what is the point of getting it now? Lizzie grew up Disney just like everyone else that grew up watching Lizzie.”
As of now, Disney+ has not set a date of when Lizzie McGuire will resume filming.