Hilary Duff has released a statement addressing the recent pause on the production of Lizzie McGuire.
The 32-year-old actress remained mostly quiet when it came to alleged issues with the development of the show, including the departure of Terri Minsky, the creator and reviver of the much-anticipated reboot.
According to our sources, Disney executives are focussed on entertaining a younger audience, putting it bluntly, developing family-friendly content particularly for their new Disney+ streaming service that has recently landed in the U.K. after a successful launch in the U.S., already surpassing 20 million paying subscribers.
In a post on Friday, Duff asks Disney to consider developing the show for the original audience it was rebooted for, those eager to see a woman in her 30s facing the struggles of motherhood, without a parental guidance rating; in short, the occasional cuss word to show the maturity of Lizzie — obviously, this won’t be the only intended reason behind wanting more creative freedom.
She wrote, “Was incredibly excited to launch ‘Lizzie’ on D+ and my passion remains! However, 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.
It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again,”
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A good time to note that Disney actually controls Hulu after the mass media company made a deal with Comcast for control of the streaming service. If Lizzie McGuire were to switch over to Hulu after originally being produced for Disney+, it would cause a few headaches with the creators of the show according to our sources, but would be “completely possible” — High Fidelity starring Zoe Kravitz holds a good example of shows moving from one platform to another after the initially intended for Disney+ series made a last-minute switch to Hulu.
Our sources also tell us, Minsky left due to creative differences, with those differences being the same as Hilary but with her being the lead, it would make a difficult reboot without the main talent.
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