Production of the Disney Plus reboot of Lizzie McGuire is halted

Jaylen Heady, Staff Writer

     Many die-hard fans of 2000’s era Disney Channel were elated to hear the announcement of the production of a reboot of the popular kids show Lizzie McGuire. The reboot was announced at the same time as the new streaming platform Disney Plus and the promise of the upcoming series seemed to play a driving force in many consumers’ purchase of the service. However, the making of the show, as of now, has been short-lived. 

    Concerns were brought about last month when the showrunner, Terri Minsky, stepped away from the project. Many were confused by this action and disappointed. Minsky, the creator of Disney Channel’s original Lizzie McGuire and Andi Mack, was one of the main reasons fans were so excited. They knew the reboot could never be up to par without her creative direction. 

    Soon after the announcement of Minsky’s departure, it was uncovered that she made the choice to exit due to creative restriction. Disney Plus found the show to be too adult for the platform and not family friendly. However, Duff was quick to take to Instagram to defend Minksy’s vision. The 32-year- old actress posted that she “feels a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with Lizzie.” She goes on to say that she “would be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under a PG rating.” Fans were quick to back up Duff’s statement. 

    As of right now, both Duff and Minksy are working to get the show switched over to the streaming platform Hulu instead of Disney Plus. Unfortunately, the fate of the project lies completely in the hands of Disney. In the same Instagram post, Duff explains, “It would be a dream if Disney let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.” 

    During the filming of the first two episodes before the production pause, Duff had already posted several photos of her posing with her co-stars. Disney had already used some footage from those episodes in a teaser trailer for the Disney Plus as well. Therefore, it would be tricky for Disney to give up the show just yet. A Disney rep has said that the plan is to resume production on the project; however, it is unlikely that the show will be further developed on Disney Plus at this time.