“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life,” Duff wrote in an Instagram post that confirmed the show would no longer happen. “She has 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.”
First announced last year, the Lizzie McGuire reboot planned to reunite Duff and much of the show’s original cast. But after filming two episodes of the reboot, it stopped filming in January after the departure of series creator Terri Minsky. A subsequent report from Variety suggested that Minsky was fired for wanting to make a show with a more adult Lizzie McGuire in mind versus a more family-friendly version of the character that Disney had in mind.
At the time, Duff’s comment on a news article about Disney moving the show Love, Victor from Disney+ to Hulu over concerns about “adult content” appeared to indicate that it was an issue on why the show halted production. It’s unclear when the decision to not go forward with the Lizzie McGuire reboot was made, but Lizzie McGuire wasn’t of the dozens of Disney+ projects mentioned in Disney’s four-hour Investor Day call last week.
And in her post, Duff reaffirmed that she was invested in assuring that any Lizzie McGuire reboot would be an authentic portrayal of the character.
“I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today,” she wrote. "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 😜”
H/T AV Club