Fans Launch Petition to Save the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival for Disney+. Lizzie McGuire fans were shocked to see an update from series star, Hilary Duff, that shared the Disney+ revival series will not be moving forward.
Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff and original series creator Terri Minsky fought to keep a more honest telling of Lizzie’s story as she navigates her 30’s rather than her teen years. Portions of the show would touch on more adult topics and conversation and Disney quickly stepped in to say that wasn’t going to happen. Minsky was the first to step away from the project, siting “creative differences” as the reason for her departure, but for months now Duff has gone up to bat for the series and it seems the studio and Duff are at a stand still, leaving the series to gather dust on the shelf.
The revival series had several episodes previously recorded and was fairly on track before Disney halted production, but it seems we will never get the chance to see a premiere. A recent update on Instagram from Duff herself confirms the series “isn’t going to happen” at this point, and we are sad to hear this news during the holidays. Duff’s Instagram post read:
“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with with her. I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried the best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020s made of.”
Needless to say, fans of the original series are not happy that the negotiations could not yield positive results, with many fans hoping the series could at least make the move to Hulu which is known to feature more adult rated content. Some fans were so upset that it prompted the creation of the petition.
Petition organizer, Caroline Heijdemann shared, “Back in 2019, Disney+ announced that a Lizzie McGuire reboot was in the works. People were hyped! They the got the original cast back, wrote the script, filmed 2 episodes and even released a sneak peek. Unfortunately, production came to a halt in January 2020. There were disagreements about the adult content and the showrunner left. Hilary Duff pleaded to move the show to Hulu. She believes that the show should be directed towards adults. People that watched the original show grew up. The show can’t be authentic with a PG rating. Disney+ still tried to make the reboot work. They even found a new showrunner, according to a castmember. But after almost one year of silence, Hilary announced that the show was cancelled.
Fans are devastated by this news. The cast also had high hopes that it could work. This is very painful: for the fans, the cast, the crew. Especially after all the work they’ve done to make this reboot.
That’s why I’m starting this petition. Maybe Hulu could pick up the show, like Hilary requested. “Love, Victor” was also moved from Disney+ to Hulu. Another option is Star, the new adult section from Disney. It’s still under the Disney umbrella, so it’s a win-win.
Please Disney, don’t give up on this show. This could be a great succes! Come on Lizzie fans, let’s make this happen! Save Lizzie McGuire!”
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