Brace yourselves Duffheads, because one of Disney’s biggest franchises of the early noughties is officially making a comeback.
Earlier today at the D23 Expo, the company announced that for the first time in over fifteen years, there would be new episodes of Lizzie McGuire on Disney, set for their new streaming service Disney+
In the reimagined sequel, Hilary Duff will reprise her role as the title character, Lizzie McGuire, as a 30-year-old millennial living life in New York City. Like the original series, there will also be an animated version of the character, giving up funny commentary of what the character is thinking.
Duff, who is currently a series regular on TV Land’s Younger, has been granted permission from TV Land/Viacom to do both shows.
Disney hasn’t released any other information about the show or if other characters will be returning for the sequel, but Terri Minsky, the creator of the original series, is spearheading the new series.
Minsky’s original Lizzie McGuire, starring Hilary Duff as a 13-year-old middle schooler trying to fit in and be popular, was a global success. The show would run for two seasons totaling 65 episodes (although it would be broken up into four seasons later one), spawn a full-length film that was a box office success and earned $55 million globally, and was the first show to launch a line of consumer products, garnering Disney hundreds of millions of dollars.
Plans for an expansion of the franchise, which included a second movie and a tv series on ABC based around McGuire in high school, would ultimately fall flat, thanks to Disney’s notorious reputation with child stars during those times, milking them for everything they’re worth. Disney would try to bully Hilary and her mother into a deal, which Momma Duff would pull away from, and Disney would scrap the franchise entirely.
Under the new overall deal, Minsky is set to create series and movies for Disney Channel and Disney+, starting with the new Lizzie McGuire. This would be the second live-action series to make a return since Disney announced the High School Musical series for Disney+.
At this moment, the is no word on what will happen with Minsky’s other series, Andi Mack.