Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff has some difficult news to share about the show's long-awaited Disney+ reboot.
The streaming service had been in production on a continuation of the classic Disney Channel series that would revisit Lizzie as an adult, but filming was suddenly shut down after two episodes were shot.
More problems followed as Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky left the project entirely, with Duff publicly blaming creative differences with Disney for causing problems with production.
Then, the pandemic hit. All these months later, Hilary has shared the disappointing news that Disney has opted to drop its new Lizzie McGuire altogether, in spite of completing episodes.
"I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen," she wrote on Instagram. "We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her."
She added: "I'm very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and stars just didn't align. Hey now, this is what 2020s are made of."
Disney has released its own statement that suggested the new Lizzie McGuire didn't meet its creative standards for release.
A company spokesperson said: "Lizzie McGuire fans have high expectations for any new stories. Unless and until we are confident we can meet those expectations, we've decided to hold off and today, we informed the cast's representatives that we are not moving forward with the planned series."
Lizzie McGuire originally aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004, and spawned a hit film as well. The reboot for Disney+ was first announced in August 2019.
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