Update 17/12/20: Hilary Duff Confirms Lizzie McGuire Reboot Has Been Cancelled
In devastating pre-Christmas news we didn't want to bring you, Hilary Duff has announced that the planned Lizzie McGuire reboot - which you can read more about below - has been scrapped.
Last summer, Duff - who took on the teenage Disney character in the noughties - said she was going to be reprising the character who made her a household name on Disney Plus, adding that she was 'beyond excited to be home again, back with me girl.. and into her 30s'. Former co-star former co-star Adam Lamberg, who played one of her best friends at high school Gordo also said he will be joining the reboot.
Fast forward a year and a half and the planned series - which would chronicle a 30-something Lizzie navigating life in the fashion industry in New York city - has been scrapped, according to Duff.
Taking to Instagram, the 33-year-old told fans the sad news, writing: 'I know the efforts and conversations everywhere have been trying to make a reboot work but sadly, and despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen.'
Duff continued that she would want Lizzie's story to be 'honest and authentic' and encouraged fans to 'mourn' the chance of discovering who Lizzie would be today.
'I'm very sad but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn't align. Hey now, this is what 2020's made of,' the star joked referencing the show's iconic theme song.
Duff wasn't the only person left gutted by the news. Sophie Turner immediately commented on the actress' announcement post, making her feelings on the matter very clear, writing: 'NO LIZZIEEEEE NOOOO'.
Meanwhile, Duff's husband Matthew Koma commented: 'FREE LIZZIE.'
The decision to halt the show follows some rumoured high-profile disagreements over the series. As we reported below, there are said to have been differences of opinion over how 'family friendly' the show should be, with some believing a show about Lizzie in her 30s should reflect adult issues. Duff herself proposed the series should be moved to streaming site Hulu (which Disney partially own) to allow for this.
'Lizzie McGuire’ fans have high expectations for any new stories,' a Disney statement said after news of its cancellation, according to Variety. '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.'
Original Story: What To Know About The Lizzie McGuire Reboot
If the names Lizzie McGuire, Miranda and Gordo don’t ring a bell, it’s time you sit down and have a long hard think about your life choices because a show exploring the adult life of one of our favourite Noughties TV characters is finally coming to our screens.
Earlier this year, Disney confirmed the news that actress Hilary Duff will reprise her role as McGuire in a live-action scripted comedy adapted from the original television programme.
Duff revealed her excitement for her upcoming project on Instagram shortly after the news hit the headlines in August, explaining that she had been keeping news of the reboot a secret for months.
‘SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works! [sic]’ she wrote in a caption of a compilation of clips from the TV show on the social media platform. ‘I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️...and into her 30’s.’
Here’s everything you need to know about the Lizzie McGuire reboot:
What will the Lizzie McGuire reboot be about?
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the new comedy will revolve around the protagonist as a 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City as a fashion designer apprentice.
Speaking about the series, Duff told Entertainment Tonight: ‘It feels very surreal, to be honest. I’ve been living with this information for a few months now, so it’s been very hard to even contain my excitement.
‘She’s such a big part of me and my life, and now she’s 30, and I feel like I’m going to have to learn some of her quirky faces again. But I’m excited!'
When the show launched in the early 2000s, Lizzie McGuire was a 13-year-old who dreamt of being popular at school and later went onto be mistaken for a fictional Italian pop star (Isabella Parigi) in the beloved teen drama The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
'We are incredibly excited to bring back one of the most popular Disney Channel series of all time along with some beloved and familiar faces,' said Ricky Strauss, president, Content & Marketing, Disney+ in a statement.
'With Terri [Minsky] at the helm and Hilary, Hallie, Robert, and Jake back after all these years, it's our honour to welcome the McGuire family into the Disney+ family.'
Is there a trailer for the Lizzie McGuire Reboot?
On New Year’s Day, Disney+ delighted fans with a trailer for what’s to come to the platform in 2020, including the Lizzie McGuire reboot.
Towards the end of the video, a smiling McGuire, who is dressed in an oversized mustard-coloured blazer, tells a driver: 'Hi, it’s me.'
What will Lizzie be like?
From what we remember, teenage Lizzie McGuire was a pretty upbeat yet, at times, self-conscious character. But Duff has revealed that she's now all grown up and far more self confident.
'It's been fun to find the new version of [Lizzie],' Duff told E! News. 'She's a little less frantic and a little more confident. She has some years of life under her belt. There's that relatability that I think that everyone loves in her.'
'She is going to be coming across some challenges that the show is gonna serve up and a lot of what people want to see or the answers to questions that they never got.'
Who will star in the Lizzie McGuire reboot?
It’s currently unknown whether actors Lalaine (Miranda), Ashlie Brillaut (Kate) and Clayton Snyder (Ethan) will reprise their roles in the reboot.
However, Duff and her former co-star Adam Lamberg (Gordo) just revealed that he will be returning to Lizzie McGuire.
The actress shared a photograph of her and the actor posing next to a trailer, presumably on the set of the upcoming McGuire project.
'I feels so basic saying something that’s been shouted at me almost my whole life buuuut......hey now, hey now,' she captioned the post of the pair
On Thursday 24 October Duff confirmed that Hallie Todd (Jo), Robert Carradine (Sam), and Jake Thomas (Matt) who play McGuire’s family members are reuniting for the project.
Announcing the news, Duff shared a photograph of the ‘family’ reunion from the foursome’s first table read.
‘We are standing in what will soon be the McGuire living room. What’s up fam. We doin this [sic],’ the actress captioned a photo of the group.
Where will the reboot be set?
From the sounds of it, the Lizzie McGuire reboot will be a Sex and The City fan’s dream as it will be set in Brooklyn, New York.
In an interview with Vulture, Duff explained that while it will be set in New York, primarily, her character will also be returning home to California where she grew up.
‘She’s not going to stay in Brooklyn too long, actually,’ Duff told the publication. 'That’s where she’s been, but she’ll be coming back to Los Angeles. She’s forced out of New York. She’s like, “I can’t be here anymore”.’
Will Lizzie McGuire be in a relationship?
Forget Ethan and Gordo because Lizzie will reportedly have a boyfriend in the reboot who is a restauranteur who - wait for it - owns a food hub in SoHo.
‘You know what, I don’t know if I was as devastated by that,’ Duff told Vulture of her character’s failed romance with Gordo at the end of the series.
‘I feel like them not being together is what was so good…it’s that one person that you’re like, “Was he the one? Is it ever going to be?” You’re always kind of wondering. We wanted it to hurt everyone a little bit, and it’ll continue to hurt.’
When will the reboot be out?
Fans of the show will have to wait a little longer to see their favourite character on screen.
E! News reports the reboot will arrive on Disney+ sometime next year. Meanwhile, Disney+ - a new on-demand streaming services- launches on 12 November.
However, the makers behind the Lizzie McGuire reboot have announced that they are hitting pause on the show’s development for the moment.
On Thursday, January 9, Variety reported that after filming two episodes of the Disney+ reboot series, original series creator Terri Minsky has stepped away from her post as showrunner.
‘Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,’ a Disney spokesperson reportedly told PEOPLE.
‘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.’
The series is currently on a scheduled production hiatus.
What’s up with the Lizzie McGuire delay?
Original series creator Terri Minsky, who was fired from the show in early January after two episodes had been filmed, has spoken to Variety about her experience working on the beginning of the show.
‘I am so proud of the two episodes we did,’ she said.
‘Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It's a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing.
‘That's the part where I am completely in the dark. It's important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy of that kind of devotion.’
The publication reports that Duff wasn’t impressed with Minsky’s departure while the actress was on honeymoon with husband Matthew Koma, with sources claiming the two wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival.
Disney has since released a second statement to Variety on Minsky’s firing.
‘We paused production on ‘Lizzie McGuire' a few weeks ago to allow time for some creative re-development,’ the company told the news outlet. ‘Our goal is to resume production and to tell an authentic story that connects to the millions who are emotionally invested in the character, and a new generation of viewers too.’
What has Hilary Duff said about the show's delay?
On February 29, Duff published an emotional statement on her Instagram account about her dreams for Disney+ to give Hulu the streaming rights amid concerns the reboot will be too family-friendly for what its makers want for the programme.
‘Was incredibly excited to launch Lizzie on D+ and my passion remains!’ the actress began the post.
‘However, I feel a huge responsibility to honour the fans' relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. 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.
‘It's important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen / teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable.’
The newlywed continued, adding that it would be a ‘dream’ if the reboot could be aired on Hulu, which is majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company’, adding that she wants to ‘bring this beloved character to life again’.
Several of Duff's followers commented on the post to show their support, including the actress' husband Koma who posted a heart and praying emoji.
Meanwhile, Minsky added: 'Ask yourself — WWLMD? (what would Lizzie McGuire do?) answer: THIS!'
What are the Lizzie McGuire cast up to in lockdown?
Filming for the show might be delayed but that isn’t stopping the series’ original cast from catching up with a virtual table read in lockdown.
In a 44-minute Instagram video shared on Duff’s account on Monday May 11, the actress and the cast organised a table read via a virtual call of the bra episode which originally aired on the same date 19 years ago.
The reunion featured (*deep breathe*) Duff, Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Adam Lamberg (Gordo), Lalaine (Miranda), Davida Williams (Claire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate) and Kyle Downs (who played Larry Tudgeman).
Writers Nina and Jeremy Bargiel, and former writer Bob Thomas (who is incidentally Jake Thomas’ dad in real life) also narrated in the table read.
Ahead of the reading, Duff explained that her on-screen brother came up with the idea of the video and we couldn’t be happier for it.
What has Hilary Duff done in recent years?
Following her hit television career and leading roles in the likes of Agent Cody Banks, Cadet Kelly and the Lizzie McGuire Movie, Duff went onto become a singer with singles including ‘What Dreams Are Made Of’, ‘Why Not’, and ‘So Yesterday’.
Duff later starred in films including Material Girls and The Perfect Man and a starring role in Gossip Girl as Olivia Burke. In January 2017, she became one of the investors for the cosmetic line Kopari Beauty, alongside the likes of Mila Kunis and Karlie Kloss.
Duff was previously married to Canadian former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, from 2010 to 2016, with whom she shares a son, Luca Cruz. She is now engaged to musician and music producer Matthew Koma, with whom she shares a daughter, Banks Violet.
Speaking about her seven-year-old son’s reaction to news of her latest Lizzie McGuire endeavour, Duff told People: 'He got really into it and then he’s like, "I’m done".
‘I think he’s pretty fascinated to see me so young, not looking the same. He knows that’s his mom but he got over it fast. It’s pretty funny, he’s not there yet. I feel like I need to let him know that this was the show that started it all for me and what’s gonna happen when the second phase of that is happening.’
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