Sad news for Lizzie McGuire fans. Unfortunately, the rebooted show on Disney+ is put on hold. The creator Terri Minsky is stepping away from her role as showrunner. Until a new showrunner is found, the revival is on hold.
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.
A Disney spokesperson spoke about the details in an exclusive with Variety,
“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.”
That means that the show is currently on hiatus. In October, Hilary Duff confirmed she and her original family would be reprising their roles. Robert Carradine and Hallie Todd are returning to portray her parents. Jake Thomas will still portray her you ger brother Matt.
She later took to the official Disney+ Instagram to share her excitement for the series. She touches on her returning family before being wholesomely interrupted by Lamberg who says, “The fam’s not complete without me. Gordo’s back.” He also makes a reference to the film spin-off’s classic “What Dreams Are Made Of” before debuting the new series’ logo.
The new series is set to pick up when Lizzie turns 30. She struggles with navigating the waters of adulthood with some old and new faces by her side. The animated alter ego of herself remains 13 years old.
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.”
Disney is currently looking for a new creator to fill the role and the show will continue production after that.
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