The Lizzie McGuire reboot was supposed to tackle less than usual “family-friendly” topics including intimacy and infidelity in the first episode–and that’s what made Disney+ so anxious, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet reports that the Lizzie McGuire revival series, that’s production has been on standstill, featured cheating as a central plot point. The production on the series was halted and series creator and executive producer Terri Minsky was fired from the project after two episodes of the show were completed. Lizzie McGuire star and executive producer Hilary Duff was tight-lipped about the state of the show until Love, Victor, the Love, Simon sequel series, was moved from Disney+ to Hulu after reports that the streaming service thought the show’s subject matter wouldn’t be family-friendly.
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Love, Victor centered around a young high schooler coming out as gay, and is reported to have also included alcohol use, marital tension and teen fighting. After the sudden move to Hulu made headlines Duff threw some subtle shade before fully addressing the situation surrounding the Lizzie McGuire reboot.
“Was incredibly excited to launch Lizzie on D+ and my passion remains! 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 limited the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating. It’s important to me that just as her experiences 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,” Duff wrote.
When the Lizzie McGuire revival was announced, viewers were told the series would feature the titular character living in New York navigating the ups and downs of her career and her love life. Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd, Jake Thomas and Adam Lamberg were confirmed to appear in the new series, as well as Lizzie’s animated alter ego.
Following the show’s production in limbo and her sudden dismissal, Minsky broke her silence and spoke to Variety.
“I am so proud of the two episodes we did,” the series original creator said. “Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing. That’s the part where I am completely in the dark. It’s important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy of that kind of devotion.”
As of now, the future of the Lizzie McGuire reboot remains unknown.