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Hilary Duff Still Hopeful For Lizzie McGuire Reboot

Production on the new Lizzie McGuire series for Disney+ began in November 2019 but came to a screeching halt in January 2020 after only filming 2 episodes.  News broke that series creator and showrunner Terri Minsky had been abruptly fired and the show was put on hiatus due to creative differences.

Hilary Duff, star of the series, has been pretty vocal about her disappointment that the series couldn’t move forward.  Duff envisioned a more adult version of Lizzie McGuire for the reboot, while Disney wanted a family-friendly show that was more like the original series.

Duff recently gave an interview with Cosmopolitan to promote the new Hulu/Star Original series, “How I Met Your Father” and said the following in regards to the Lizzie McGuire reboot:

I like the way you think. I would be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t have those thoughts a few times. But I wouldn’t, because in my 34 years I’ve realized that everything does happen for a reason. There’s a time and a place for everything. It just wasn’t her moment. I’m constantly asked about it still. All it does is breathe life into the fact that people still want it, and that’s really sweet. It’s not dead, and it’s not alive.

When asked about the plot of the series Duff replied:

My character was moving back home with her parents because she caught her soon-to-be fiancé cheating on her, and she was falling flat on her face at the moment and being like, “I need to pivot because everything that I thought was wasn’t, and I’m turning 30. What the fuck?”

You can still watch the original Lizzie McGuire series which is available to stream now on Disney+.

Duff was also on Variety’s podcast and mentioned that she doesn’t think the revival series is cancelled but in limbo.

I don’t think it’s dead, and I don’t think it’s alive. I think it’s just kind of sitting there… [At first,] I was like, ‘No, thank you,’, and then one day, I was like, ‘Yup.’ There’s much love there. There’s always struggle with something that’s so loved and important to so many people, I just keep my heart and my mind open. I don’t think that ‘How I Met Your Father’ would’ve come about if ‘Lizzie’ had happened.

Source: The DisInsider


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