‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot Isn’t Dead Yet; The Writers and Creator Had a Virtual Brainstorming Brunch
When Disney+ was first announced, one show that many fans were anticipating was the reboot of the sitcom, Lizzie McGuire. Premiering back in 2001, the show (which originally aired on Disney Channel) brought a sense of levity to some of the everyday challenges of growing up. The show was one of the most beloved series of its time and is still loved by many today.
Sensing another opportunity to capitalize on nostalgia, Disney announced that a Lizzie McGuire reboot was in the works. Hilary Duff (who played the lead role of Lizzie McGuire) felt that it was the right time to bring Lizzie back into the homes and lives of women who loved her in the early 2000s. The excitement only increased when the original McGuire family agreed to come back on board. Furthermore, when Adam Lamberg agreed to return as David Gordon aka “Gordo” fans could barely contain themselves.
The ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot gets placed on hold
Things for the Lizzie McGuire reboot seemed to get off to a great start. Duff was sharing stunning photos of her first day on set and a video with Lamberg. Furthermore, fans appreciated the trajectory that Lizzie’s life had taken and they couldn’t wait to follow along. However, things hit an unfortunate snag when Terri Minsky (the show’s creator) was dismissed from the show after only two episodes.
Citing creative differences, Disney shared that production for the Lizzie McGuire reboot had been placed on hold. This news seemed to blindside Duff, who had been away from filming to get married. Weeks later, she broke her silence on the matter. She shared that she was excited to bring Lizzie back to life, but wanted to do so in a way that would do justice to her character as well as her fans and where they were in their lives.
Hilary Duff speaks out after fans fear the show is canceled
Duff also cited that she would love for Disney to consider moving the Lizzie McGuire reboot to Hulu (as they did with the Love, Simon series) so the show, and its creatives, wouldn’t be beholden to family rating. Things have been pretty quiet since Duff’s statement and many fans believed that the reboot was no longer in the realm of possibility. However, recent events prove that the show might still see the light of day.
Writers and creator, Terri Minsky, had a virtual brainstorming brunch
Over the weekend the writers of the Lizzie McGuire reboot had a virtual brainstorming session via Zoom. Later, they shared screenshots of the call with captions like “Still figuring it out on the way,” which references the original show’s theme song and “Lizzie McGuire reboot brunch.” But, what got fans most excited is that Minsky was on the call, which might mean she’s back on board.
Is there still hope for a ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot on Disney+ or Hulu?
Duff has shared that she’d love to find a way to still bring the Lizzie McGuire reboot to life. In a recent interview with People, Duff revealed that both sides are trying to compromise to make the show a reality once more. “There’s still conversations going on in hopes that we can find a way to meet in the middle and both bend a little bit. I understand that they have to protect their brand and there’s pretty strict guidelines on what that looks like,” the Younger actress shared.
Honoring the character
Duff continued on to say that she had to do right by Lizzie and her fans. “I just have to make sure it’s the right move for me and that I feel like I’m honoring her and the character, and that it will be relatable to the people who grew up with her because those are the people I really want to speak to,” the actress added. We appreciate Duff’s commitment to continuing to telling Lizzie’s story in an authentic way. We can only hope that the powers at be find a solution and bring us the Lizzie McGuire reboot we deserve.