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Hilary Duff announces Lizzie McGuire revival at Disney + is canceled

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Announced by Disney + in the first months of the platform, Lizzie McGuire’s revival (2001-2004) will no longer happen. Hilary Duff, who starred in the original series and would return to the character in the new version, announced the decision in a text published on her social networks. The actress and singer said that she tried to make the attraction happen, without success.

“I was honored to have the character Lizzie in my life. She had a lot of impact on a lot of Prime Time Zone, including me. Seeing the loyalty and love of fans for her, even today, means a lot to me. I know that the efforts and conversations took place in droves to make this reboot work and, despite everyone’s efforts, it won’t happen, “wrote Hilary.

The actress, who was launched to stardom because of her role in the original series, completes the text saying that she wanted to do a revival that was honest to the memory of Lizzie McGuire and portrayed the character as she would be today.

“I want any reboot of Lizze to be honest and authentic with who she would be today. It is what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the incredible woman she would have become and the adventures we would have. I am very sad, but I swear everyone gave it their all and the stars just didn’t align themselves.

The production of the revival was interrupted in January this year, after recording only two episodes. At the time, Disney decided to fire producer Terri Misky, creator of the original series and who was responsible for the new episodes.

“The fans have a sentimental connection with Lizzie McGuire and high expectations. After recording these two episodes, we concluded that we have to go in a different creative direction, and we are going to look for a new lens to tell the series”, justified Disney at the time of resignation.

The conflicts were due to the theme of the new series. Disney + is described as a platform for “the whole family”, which, in the view of the studio, does not open space for productions with themes “inappropriate” for children – such as sex and extreme violence.

Shortly after that, Hilary Duff suggested that Lizzie’s return be taken to Hulu, another Disney streaming that allows stories more focused on young Prime Time Zone and adults – the studio had already used this strategy with Love, Victor. The attempt, apparently, was also unsuccessful.

Lizzie McGuire had a total of 65 episodes spread over four seasons, in addition to a feature film. In addition to Hilary, the entire main cast was confirmed to return to their characters.

Check out Hilary Duff’s publication in full:

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