The ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot Is No Longer Happening
UPDATE: December 16, 2020: Sadly, Hilary Duff revealed that despite everyone’s best efforts, the Lizzie McGuire reboot isn’t happening. Read her full statement, below.
UPDATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 8:25 p.m. E.T. — A Disney spokesperson told TVLine that production on the Lizzie McGuire reboot has shut down. The original series creator, Terri Minsky, has stepped down as the reboot’s showrunner. It was slated to premiere on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, this year. The age-old “creative differences” seem to be the cause of this rift.
“Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,” a Disney spokesperson said to 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.”
According to TVLine, Minsky is an executive producer on the reboot, as well, though it’s not clear whether she will stay in that position. We’ll update this post with more information as it comes in.
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Hilary Duff fans were thrilled to learn on August 23 that the singer-actor would be coming back to the role that made her famous: Lizzie McGuire.
The Disney show of the same name, which ran from 2001 to 2004 (plus a 2003 movie), followed the life of 13-year-old Lizzie and her best friends Miranda (Lalaine) and Gordo (Adam Lamberg) as they navigate all the ups and downs of teenage life. Another “character” was Lizzie’s animated avatar, who monologued her inner thoughts about all that was going on in her world.
There aren’t many details yet, but here’s everything we know.
The cast: Duff is definitely returning—and she’s excited. “The good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up,” she said onstage during the announcement about the reboot. “She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget, which is super exciting. She has her dream job. She has kind of the perfect life right now.” She revealed the the project has been in the works for a while on her Instagram.
“SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works!” she wrote. “I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s.”
Adam Lamberg is also returning to play Gordo, Lizzie’s best friend. “Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuire so authentic and beloved,” said Duff in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly. “I couldn’t imagine the series without him. I can’t wait for fans to see what he’s up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie’s adult world.”