After a lot of anticipation for a Lizzie McGuire reboot, Hilary Duff has now revealed that the revival is sadly no longer going to happen. Honestly, we're devastated.
The Lizzie reboot has been in the works since 2019, with Hilary first announcing the news in August 2019 - and Disney+ even shared a first glimpse of the show all the way back in January 2020.
However, since then the show has experienced some setbacks, with production being put on hold in February of this year, and Hilary making a public request to Disney to move the show to Hulu.
Now, Hilary has taken to Instagram to announce that the Lizzie reboot "isn't going to happen", saying that "the stars just didn't align" and adding: "I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today."
Hilary wrote in a statement published on Instagram:
"I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She had made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans' loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. 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."
As well as receiving devastated comments from fans, some fellow celebs were quick to comment on Hilary's post too, with Sophie Turner writing, "NO LIZZIEEEEEEEE NOOOOO".
Hilary's husband Matthew Koma also wrote, "FREE LIZZIE". Meanwhile, Hilary responded to a fan's comment which read, "No Hilary no I won't accept this, you guys can do it without Disney," with Hilary replying that "they own it haha".
Hilary previously made a public request to Disney to move the show to Hulu, writing on Instagram: "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."
Clayton Snyder, who played Ethan in Lizzie McGuire also commented on Hilary's latest post, saying: "I am so grateful for how you fought to keep Lizzie true to herself. While it would have been fun, if it wasn't done right, it wouldn't be worth doing."
A Disney spokesperson 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," Variety reports.
Seriously, what are we going to do with ourselves now?
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