One of the most anticipated Disney+ shows announced at the D23 Expo 2019 was the “Lizzie McGuire” revival, which was going to see Lizzie McGuire just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all – her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment – but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.
In the same year, Hilary Duff headed to New York to film the series and even managed to get two episodes filmed, however, the entire project broke down due to creative differences.
This week, Hilary Duff made an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show and shared some details on why the Disney+ series fell apart.
“I think they are really trying to figure out what kind of content they want living on Disney+, and that doesn’t totally align with like, where I see Lizzie right now, you know, and I’m very protective of her and they’re very protective of her. But the one thing for me was just the way that she could connect with what was going on in people that were watching the show. It was like, they’re watching themselves, you know, and that was where they related. And so for me, it only makes sense to me to shoot a show where she’s acting like a 30-year-old in a modern world. And there was a lot of creative discussions where maybe they were thinking that’s not quite right, and we were trying to make it work. And, you know, there’s always, like, lots of conversations, but I don’t think it’s going to be happening.”
During the interview, Hilary Duff talked about how much she loved reuniting with her former co-stars.
“And to see a lot of the cast, the original cast, you know, we’re different humans now,” she notes. “It was just like, all love — and it still is. And you never, never say never in this business. I always say that. … Like, you never know what the day is going to bring. And that’s kind of what this industry is, which keeps it really exciting.”
Unfortunately, the executives and creative forces behind this series just couldn’t get onto the same page and the revival was cancelled. Though Hilary Duff is now moving onto making a new show for Disney’s 20th Television “How I Met Your Father”, which is a spin-off from the popular series “How I Met Your Mother”, which will be released on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ internationally as a Star Original.
The original Lizzie McGuire series is available to stream on Disney+ now.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.