“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life,” Duff wrote in an emotional Instagram post. “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. I know the efforts and conversations have been everything trying to make a reboot work, sadly [and] despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. 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 didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020’s made of.”
The reboot of Lizzie McGuire was announced as an upcoming Disney+ series back in August 2019 with its original creator and original cast were said to be returning. As productions got underway, creator Terri Minsky departed the production over early creative differences. In an effort to save the series, Duff attempted to move the series to the streaming network Hulu in order to accurately reflect Lizzie’s life and age as an adult, but ultimately circumstance didn’t work out.
Some of the cast that would have returned included series originals, Adam Lamberg as Gordo, Hallie Todd as Lizzie’s mom Jo, Robert Carradine as Lizzie’s dad Sam, and Jake Thomas as Lizzie’s mischievous brother Matt. The series was set to begin with Lizzie in her late-20’s navigating through New York city as an assistant to a skilled decorator.