If 2020 couldn't get any worse, Hilary Duff has confirmed that the long-awaited Lizzie McGuire reboot is no longer taking place.
Duff made the announcement on her Instagram on December 16, saying “I’ve been so honoured to have the character of Lizzie in my life.”
“I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere tyring to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen,” she continued. “I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves.”
“She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me", she wrote.
"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.”
In February, Duff opened up about how the delays behind the reboot of the Emmy-nominated show were due to creative differences with Disney+, mainly because the streaming service wanted a "family friendly" version of the show while Duff argued that the reboot should be more realistic.
“Lizzie McGuire’ fans have high expectations for any new stories,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement, as per Variety. “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.”
Duff then publicly asked Disney to move the series to Hulu to allow for a more adult-friendly version of the series, however that clearly that did not happen.
This is the exact opposite of what dreams are made of.