Hilary Duff wants ‘Lizzie McGuire’ on Hulu to escape “ceiling” of PG rating
Last week, AltPress reported that Hilary Duff wasn’t too happy with the state of Lizzie McGuire. Duff seemed to imply that she wished Disney+ would release the reboot to be created by Hulu so that it could focus on more mature issues.
Well now, Hilary Duff is no longer insinuating her feelings. She recently posted a statement outright saying she wishes Lizzie McGuire would be created by Hulu.
Back in January, the Lizzie McGuire reboot was put on hold following the firing of original series creator and revival showrunner Terri Minsky.
“Fans have a sentimental attachment to ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and high expectations for a new series,” the Disney spokesperson says. “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
Many speculated that the firing was a result of the show being too adult for the Disney audience. Disney allegedly wants it to appeal to both kids and adults. Duff opened up about returning to the role of Lizzie McGuire with Entertainment Tonight, explaining part of the perks is delving into the same challenges she experiences in real-life.
“That was part of the draw for me for coming back was the struggles that I feel as a 30-year-old,” Duff says.
“She has gained a lot of confidence and she has a really cool career,” Duff continued. “She’s still going to be faced with challenging things, where, in middle school, those challenging things seemed simple and funny but relatable at the time. Now, in your 30s, it’s gonna be the same way but slightly heavier. [She’ll have] slightly bigger things to deal with.”
Minsky completed just two episodes with Duff before she was fired.
Last week, in a post to Duff’s Instagram story, she screenshotted an article regarding Love, Simon. The show was originally supposed to be on Disney+ but was shifted to Hulu due to the mature themes.
The screenshot is of an article discussing the move. Duff circled the words “family-friendly” in the headline and wrote above it “Sounds familiar.” Love, Simon also picked up a new name with it, now being called Love, Victor. Check out the screenshot below.
Minsky echoed the same sentiments in an interview with Variety.
“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,” Minsky says.
“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.”
Over the weekend, Hilary Duff made her intentions clear regarding the Lizzie McGuire reboot. She wants it on Hulu.
Was incredibly excited to launch “Lizzie” on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating. It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested and I could bring this beloved character to life again.
Many insiders are now speculating if the Lizzie McGuire reboot will move forward at all as a new creator will have to balance the wishes of both Disney and Hilary Duff.
The original Lizzie McGuire premiered Jan. 21, 2001. It ran for two seasons, consisting of 65 episodes, before ending in 2004. The show was also adapted into a full-length feature film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, in 2003.
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