Duff threw shade at the studio on social media -- and she has a point. In late February, she posted an Instagram story featuring a headline about another Disney+ series, Love, Victor inspired by the movie Love, Simon, moving from Disney+ to Disney-owned Hulu after deeming it not "family-friendly" enough, captioning it, "Sounds familiar…" It definitely does, and it's not just limited to Love, Victory: Hulu's Zoë Kravitz-starring High Fidelity also moved off Disney+ and over to Hulu in order to tell a less filtered story.
Just days after that post, the star made an even more explicit comment on Instagram, literally pleading to Disney to move the series to Hulu. "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," she wrote. "I'd be doing a disservice to everyone by limit[ing] 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 pre-teen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable." Like the other Disney+-originated series, it could happen to Lizzie McGuire, too, and honestly, hopefully it does! Fans want to see a messy Lizzie who parties and has sex and has a drink or two while getting her shit together! She may be glad butterfly hair clips and bandanas are back in style, but certainly, she's not 13 anymore.
While the show is still in the works, it sounds like Minsky and Duff are pulling for the series to move to one of Disney's other networks so they can tell the less sanitized story of Lizzie they had originally pitched. Minsky told Variety, "I am so proud of the two episodes we did. Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. […] I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing." Millennial fans, and potentially even a new audience of teenaged Gen-Zers, would love that, too.
Lizzie was in middle school screaming at her parents how much she wanted a bra, kissed Aaron Carter on the set of his music video, and became an international pop sensation at just 14. The arrival of Disney+ may mean leaning into nostalgia, but that doesn't mean fans want characters like Lizzie in the exact shape that we left them. As Kate Sanders might say, "What's your email, Disney? firstname.lastname@example.org?"