The ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot Still In Limbo Over Creative Differences. Disney fans who grew up watching Lizzie McGuire were ecstatic to hear the series would be getting a reboot on Disney+ in 2020. Most of the original cast was set to return including Adam Lamberg (David “Gordo” Gordon), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), and Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), and several hints that other characters from the hit show would make cameo appearances through out the series.
Unfortunately for fans, production came to a screeching halt after original show runner Terri Minsky left the project claiming “creative differences” as the primary reason for leaving the show. Both Minsky and the shows lead, Hilary Duff, voiced concern over Disney+’s content rules and wanting to explore more adult themes and content within the series as Lizzie navigated her 30’s. I mean, she’s not in middle school anymore, so this does make sense. shrugs
Well, needless to say, Disney+ did not share the same sentiment, and thus forced production to shut down while a new storyline and direction is being hashed out for the series. In the meantime, Duff and Minsky have been very vocal about wanting the series to be moved to sister streaming service, Hulu.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Hulu’s head of original content, Craig Erwich, shared that there have not been any discussions about the series making the move to Hulu despite the actors plea. “I appreciate her fandom,” Erwich said with a grin—but he added, “We have not had any conversations with Hilary Duff around her show.”
“Lizzie is turning 30, and for me, you know she was everybody’s best friend, and she was there for such pivotal moments in their pre-teen life, and entering your 30s is an extremely big deal and I think it’s just the right time for her to step back in and to have her go along with you in your 30s,” Duff shared in a recent interview. “All of the fun times and all of the big monumental moments and all of the challenges you are faced with. I just thought that there was such opportunity there for her to be grown up and for her to be there for women again.”
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“Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,” a Disney spokesperson told TVLine. “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the series.”
Production is currently at a standstill while Disney finds a new direction for the series, and it is very possible reshoots will be ordered. It is unknown when production will return and if any of the previously shot footage will be used in the series. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Disney+!
Source: Vanity Fair