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A Lizzie McGuire revival at Disney+ isn’t going forward, star Hilary Duff said Wednesday.
Duff announced the project’s end in an Instagram post, writing that “the stars just didn’t align” for the project.
“I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly and despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen,” Duff wrote.
Disney said in a statement, “Lizzie McGuire fans have high expectations for any new stories. Unless and until we are confident we can meet those expectations, we’ve decided to hold off and today, we informed the cast’s representatives that we are not moving forward with the planned series.”
The revival was announced in August 2019, a few months ahead of the launch of Disney+. Duff was to have played a grown-up version of the character from the 2001-04 Disney Channel series that helped launch her career. Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas were set to reprise their roles as well.
Series creator Terri Minsky was also attached to the revival, but she exited the series in January after two episodes had been filmed. “We concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show,” a Disney spokesperson said at the time.
Following Minsky’s departure, Disney+ said it would search for a new showrunner, but none was ever announced. Duff and Minsky both lobbied for the show to reflect the adult Lizzie’s life in full and supported moving the series to Hulu (similar to what Disney did with Love, Victor, which was initially slated for Disney+).
“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,” Duff wrote in a February Instagram post. “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.”
Duff, meanwhile, currently stars on TV Land’s Younger — whose creator, Darren Star, is developing a spinoff focusing on Duff’s character, Kelsey Peters.
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