Hilary Duff Just Gave Fans An Update On The New 'Lizzie McGuire' Series
The “Lizzie McGuire” sequel might still be happening!
On Tuesday (July 21), Hilary Duff revealed she has “high hopes” the show will go on.
"We are very much still in conversation with them [the show's creators] a couple of times a week, which is really nice," Duff told E! News.
"We started shooting, and then obviously that got on hold for a couple of different reasons not involving the pandemic. But you know what, I have high hopes that we are going to make it work."
Disney + Halted Production Of The Show
"It's like a responsibility to [Lizzie], honoring her and the fanbase that grew up with her,” Duff continued.
"We kind of put her on pause, and had to go back to the drawing board, but I feel optimistic that it will happen. A lot of writing is happening. We are being told to have patience, which is good, so I feel optimistic," she added.
The show was originally supposed to air on Disney + but the streaming service halted production after the first couple of episodes were filmed.
The Show's Creator Was Also Fired
According to reports, the show’s creator, Terri Minsky wanted to create a more adult-friendly version, seeing as Lizzie McGuire would be in her 30s.
It’s believed the episodes that were filmed discussed sex and/or cheating, which didn't align with Disney's values.
Minsky was also fired from the project.
"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 direction and are putting a new lens on the series,” a spokesperson for Disney + revealed.
Hilary Duff Wants The Show On Hulu
In February, the “Cheaper by the Dozen” star expressed her interest in having the show moved to Hulu.
“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 shared on Instagram.
However, there hasn’t been an update on whether that change will happen. Or, where the new show might possibly air.
Luckily, the "Younger" actress has advice for fans who want to see the sequel.
The Original Cast Was On Board
"I think they [fans] can continue to be vocal about wanting to see the show," Duff told E! News.
"Lizzie McGuire" first aired on Disney in 2001. Its final episode was in 2004.
The show focuses on Lizzie McGuire as a 13-year-old trying to navigate her teen years with her best friends, Miranda (played by Lalaine Vergara-Paras) and Gordo (played by Adam Lamberg).
The show also starred Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd, and Robert Carradine.
Most of the show's original cast was set to star in the sequel.