Is Hilary Duff's 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot canceled? Fans slam Disney+ hypocrisy over 'Blank Check' kissing scene

'Disney + said nah that’s too mature but this is okay to put on there !? Hell to the boo,' says a fan sharing a controversial kissing scene from 'Blank Check'

                            Is Hilary Duff's 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot canceled? Fans slam Disney+ hypocrisy over 'Blank Check' kissing scene
Hilary Duff (Getty Images)

It looks like we're not getting the reboot for 'Lizzie McGuire' after all. Planned for a release on Disney+, the series that stars Hilary Duff was initially confirmed in August 2019. The reboot was going to include the original stars and creator, but it soon faced several disagreements on how Lizzie's adult life would be portrayed. 

The show's creator, Terri Minsky eventually left in January after two episodes were filmed, citing a distaste toward the "creative direction" that Disney+ was pushing on the lead character. In February, Hilary Duff also publically expressed her unhappiness about the handling of the reboot, noting that its "adult themes" weren't "family-friendly" enough for Disney audiences. According to Vulture, the series allegedly began with Lizzie living in Brooklyn and finding out her fiancé is a cheater. 

Duff then made the request that the reboot moves to Hulu so that Lizzie wouldn't receive the disservice of “limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating.” It wasn't enough to convince Disney, and now the reboot is officially canceled.

This, of course, hasn't sat well with numerous fans, who are now slamming Disney+ on Twitter. "Disney+ can give us all the Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar content it wants but I will still never forgive it for having a Lizzie McGuire reboot ALREADY FILMING and throwing it in the trash bc Hilary Duff wanted to make it good," says a fan. One fan shared a meme featuring the bizarre kissing scene between the lead character (12-year-old boy) and a 32-year-old woman from the film 'Blank Check' (which is on Disney+) and says, "Disney + said nah that’s too mature but this is okay to put on there !? Hell to the boo."




One fan wrote, "Doesn’t Disney realize by now that their kid friendly reboots don’t succeed? Why garner to a younger audience when only adults know the original? OG fans want this! NOT KIDS! And honestly, I just wanna hear Lizzie say 'shit'!" to which another replied, "Yep, girl meets world was a disgrace to the orginal show. I won’t touch it. Ravens home is a joke now." "All these random sequel series and bs Marvel pushes no one needed to see, but can't stop the overkill for a minute to bring back one of Disney's biggest tv series that helped make the network a staple for many tweens and teens, okay," added another fan.




Hilary Duff took to her Instagram account on December 16 to express her sadness over the cancelation. “I know efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly and despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen,” she wrote. “I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020’s made of.” Duff also added that she’s aware of the “lasting impact” her character has made, and that it’s been an “honor” to have portrayed Lizzie.

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