Why did the Lizzie McGuire reboot get cancelled? Fans are heartbroken to hear that the Hilary Duff series will no longer go ahead on Disney+.

We all have shows that we cherish from our childhood.

Perhaps you return to them every now and then, eager for a dose of charming nostalgia.

On the other hand, sometimes you can’t help but wonder what your favourite characters would be up to in the present day.

For Lizzie McGuire fans, however, prayers were answered in 2019 when Disney announced that Hilary Duff would be back to reprise the iconic role that defined many a childhood.

Created by Terri Minsky, the series first premiered on Disney Channel back in 2001, inviting audiences to follow Lizzie as she worked through the growing pains and high points of her teenage years.

It ended in 2004 and many admirers found the comeback news entirely unexpected. Nevertheless, the majority of fans were thrilled.

Yet, Disney has since announced that the planned reboot has been cancelled…

still from Lizzie McGuire, Disney Channel et al., IMDb

Why did Lizzie McGuire reboot get cancelled?

  • While a concrete reason hasn’t been confirmed, statements from Hilary Duff and Disney suggest that creative differences regarding the depiction of Lizzie in adulthood derailed the project.

The reboot was set to centre on Lizzie and her friends as 30-year-old’s, navigating adult life in New York City.

Filming was already underway before cancellation and the first two episodes had already been shot.

Recently, Hilary gave fans some insight into the show’s cancellation in a social media post: “I’ve been so honoured to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She has made such a lasting impression 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.”

Touching upon why the project may have been cancelled, she added:

“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 2020s made of”.

A statement from Disney arguably echoes this sentiment: “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.”

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Hilary Duff and Terri Minsky involvement

As noted by the Express, the show’s creator – Terri Minsky – departed from the reboot after the two episodes were shot, explaining that he wasn’t happy with Disney’s “creative direction”.

As for Hilary’s previous statement, she has actually voiced concerns about Disney’s direction for the property before.

On Instagram, she earlier wrote: “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.”

She added: “It’s important to me that just as her experience 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.”

Hilary Duff fans want to save it

The news upset many fans but they’re not ready to see their dreams dashed just yet!

Check out a selection of tweets:

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