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Writer Reveals Why ‘Lizzie McGuire’ May Have Been Too Risqué For Disney




In case you missed it, the beloved millennial series 'Lizzie McGuire' was set to be rebooted.


By 2020 two episodes were already filmed and production for the rest of the season was well underway.


Unfortunately during filming the series' show-runner, Terri Minsky, was fired because the show was apparently 'too adult' for Disney.


The star of the show, Hillary Duff, even tried to get the reboot onto a different network because she felt it would be a "disservice" to "limit the realities" of her character who would now be in her 30s.


"I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today, it’s what the character deserves," Duff said after the reboot was eventually scrapped, "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."



Years later it's been revealed why the reboot may have been too mature for Disney.


Show writer Jonathan Hurwitz took to TikTok to spill the tea about the reboot


He says the show starts off with Lizzie living in New York City with her gay roommate.


Lizzie is 30, works as an interior designer and is dating a handsome chef.


However, her boyfriend ends up cheating on her with her best friend which leads to Lizzie moving back in with her parents.


When she goes back to her childhood bedroom, animated Lizzie is there waiting for her.



Hurwitz says by episode three Lizzie hooks up with her old high school boyfriend Ethan Craft.


"[In the scene] Lizzie wakes up in Ethan's bed in his water polo t-shirt and animated Lizzie pops up and has this little checklist and Ethan is on the list," says Hurwitz, "she checks it off and I think she says something like 'well I checked that box... twice.'"


Hurwitz also revealed what was planned for the beloved character Gordo.


Unfortunately he doesn't end up with Lizzie but he does make a quick appearance to reveal he's engaged and his partner is pregnant.



So from the sounds of things it appears that it was a culmination of scenes that pushed Disney over the edge.


But were they really expecting 30 year old Lizzie McGuire to be living and acting like teen Lizzie?


Maybe in the future the reboot will get picked up by someone else - one can only hope.


In the mean time I'll be rewatching 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' and singing my heart out to 'What Dreams Are Made Of.'



 

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