Lizzie Maguire's Screenwriter Reveals Reboot Plot Details and Content I Feel Robbed

Lizzie McGuire fans, get out your pitchforks again. More than three years after Hilary Duff announced that Disney+ was canceling the Lizzie McGuire reboot, Jonathan Hurwitz, one of the show's writers, said in a TikTok video New plot details were revealed in , and I feel like I was completely robbed.

Hurwitz first confirmed the previously leaked premise of the first episode of the reboot. Lizzie lives in New York and works as an interior designer's assistant when she discovers that her chef boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Devastated, she moved back to her childhood bedroom in California, "where lively Lizzie had been waiting for her." BRB, I need to stop crying.

Is Lizzie and Gordo over?

In the second episode, she reunites with her best friend Gordo (Adam Lamberg), who has also gone through some major changes that dash any hopes of romance. "Gordo revealed that he was engaged to a woman and she was pregnant, and they were really happy," Hurwitz said. "So no, in this version, Lizzie and Gordo don't end up together."

Disney's Lizzie McGuire 's Adam Lamberg and Hilary Duff volunteered to renovate the grounds of the Burbank Boys & Girls Club. Robert Mora/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Lizzie's mood quickly rebounds, however, as the episode ends with her receiving a text message from her childhood crush Ethan Craft (Clayton Snyder), whom she had previously only The return of Ethan Craft has been hinted at. Production on the reboot was halted before filming the third episode, but a scene in the script may explain why.


In May 2022, Duff told Women's Health that she thought Disney+ was "freaking out" from the reboot and that they clashed over how mature Lizzie should be. "She has to do 30-year-old things at 30-year-old," she said. Naturally, those things that happen when you turn 30 include sleeping with your childhood crush.

Episode 3 opens with Lizzie waking up in Ethan's bed, wearing his water polo T-shirt. "Animated Lizzie suddenly appears and she has a little list — like a to-do list," Hurwitz said. "Ethan was on the list and she checked it off. I think she would have said something like, 'Okay, check that box.' "Dramatic pause. 'Twice.'"

Kenny Ortega and Hilary Duff of Lizzie McGuire attend the 2019 Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Jesse Grant/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Hurwitz speculates that "that moment was probably one of those storylines that Disney didn't like." However, in a follow-up video, he confirmed that the scene wasn't that salacious and didn't show their behavior.

"Lizzie woke up wearing Ethan's shirt," he said. "Then Ethan comes in with freshly brewed coffee and they have a cute little catch-up... He wants to hang out again, but she says she can't because she's flying back to New York."

Hope Lizzie McGuire comes back

The remaining scripts for the season have yet to be finalized, but there is still a glimmer of hope that they will be completed one day.

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In January 2023, Andy Cohen asked Duff: "If the Lizzie McGuire reboot fulfills your vision, would you move forward?" She said "absolutely" without hesitation, even stating that she was interested in Feeling "optimistic" about this opportunity.

Before Lizzie was officially canceled, Duff begged Disney to move the reboot to Hulu because she "restricted the reality of a 30-year-old's life under the cap of a PG rating, which is kind of hard on everyone." Hurts." " Now that the platforms are merging, with kid-friendly Disney+ and mature Hulu shows both living on the same app, maybe a deal can be made.