Hilary Duff wants the story of “Lizzie McGuire” to be told right and she does not believe Disney+ is the right place for it.
Duff published a statement to Instagram calling for the show to be moved from Disney+ to Hulu.
“I feel a huge responsibility to honour the fans’ relationship with Lizzie who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating,” Duff wrote. “It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu.”
Minsky, who left the project after filming two episodes, broke her silence on her departure in a new interview with Variety. Production on the revival is currently paused as the search for a new showrunner gets underway.
“I am so proud of the two episodes we did,” Minsky tells the publication. “Hilary [Duff] 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.”
The Hollywood Reporter claims to have seen the script for the first episode of the “Lizzie McGuire” revival, insisting it “acknowledged the existence of sex with cheating as a central plot point.”
Minsky’s comments come after Variety reported that the “Love, Simon” TV show was pulled from Disney+ for not fitting with the “family-friendly” content the streaming service offers. It will now be moving to Hulu. ET has reached out to Disney for comment.
Sources tell Variety that Duff was not happy that Disney fired Minsky, explaining that “the two women wanted to do a more adult version of ‘Lizzie’ for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series.”
Per the outlet, Disney was initially on board with the creator and Duff’s take and executives from Disney were on set and aware of the content the show would feature. However, news then broke in January that Minsky was let go.
In a statement to Variety, a Disney rep denied that the reboot was being scrapped.
“We paused production on ‘Lizzie McGuire’ a few weeks ago to allow time for some creative re-development,” they said. “Our goal is to resume production and to tell an authentic story that connects to the millions who are emotionally invested in the character, and a new generation of viewers too.”
Meanwhile, Duff posted a cryptic screenshot, which had many “Lizzie McGuire” fans wondering what happened to the show’s production. The actress shared a screenshot of an article with a headline that read, “Love, Simon TV Show Pulled From Disney+ as It’s Not ‘Family Friendly.'”
“Sounds familiar,” Duff wrote alongside the pic.
Following Minsky’s exit, a Disney spokesperson told ET at the time: “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 creative direction and are putting a new lens on the series.”
The reboot sees Lizzie as a millennial navigating life in New York City. The character is on the cusp of her 30th birthday, working her dream job as the apprentice to a top designer and dating her dream man. She also still has 13-year-old Lizzie blabbering around in her head.
For more on the revival and Minsky’s departure, watch below.
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