It looks like things are still on pause for the Disney+ reboot of Lizzie McGuire, but more details about what the first episode may have addressed have surfaced thanks to The Hollywood Reporter.
The publication read the first episode of the reboot and shared that the pilot dealt with both sex and cheating “as a central plot point.” As the new series focuses on a 30-year-old Lizzie living her life in New York City, these more mature topics shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the streaming service halted production after filming just two episodes, potentially because of concerns that the subject matter wasn’t family-friendly like the rest of their fare. More details on the content of the pilot haven't been shared, but the news confirms that the Lizzie reboot was going to have a more adult tone and vibe than the OG series.
Star Hilary Duff has spoken out about the future of the reboot and her hopes for the show, sharing an Instagram post with her feelings about what’s next for Lizzie, and how she’d like to see the iconic character’s journey carry out onscreen once again. “Was incredibly excited to launch Lizzie on D+ and my passion remains!” she wrote. “However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor 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.”
Hilary went on to say that her hope is that Disney+ moves the show to Hulu, as it did with the Love, Simon spinoff Love, Victor. “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. 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.”
The Lizzie reboot has already had more than its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama, including the departure of series creator and showrunner Terri Minsky. Production was officially halted, with Disney releasing an official statement to Variety. “Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series. After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
The future is still uncertain for Lizzie and its cast. No official plans have been shared regarding a replacement for Terri Minsky or a new production date, so for now, we’ll have to cross our fingers that we’ll see Lizzie onscreen again and rewatch the original series for the hundredth time.
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