It is with a heavy heart we report that the hotly anticipated Lizzie McGuire reboot is dead in the water.
Actress Hilary Duff took to Instagram to break the news. "I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but… despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen."
The show's reboot was announced in August 2019, with Hilary set to play a 30-something version of Lizzie McGuire, the beloved 13-year-old who graced TV screens in the early 2000s.
While its reboot even started production in October 2019, the show ran into trouble when original creator Terri Minsky left the project. "We concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show," a spokesperson for Disney said at the time.
Word has it the reboot's scripts weren't "family friendly" enough for Disney Plus (the first episode acknowledged that sex exists, can you imagine?) and Hilary wasn't keen on broadcasting a sanitised version of Lizzie's life. "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," she wrote on Instagram last year.
While Duff even tried to get the show moved to Hulu, it's safe to say the revival will no longer see the light of day. "We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her," her Instagram post continued. "I'm very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn't align."
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank
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