McGuire On Sequel Track
THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE, the theatrical version of the popular TV series LIZZIE MCGUIRE that debuted in second place at the U.S. box office, has been given the Disney greenlight for a sequel. The Walt Disney Co. struck a deal with writer Melissa Gould to write it, even though she did not pen the first film, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. TV series exec producer Susan Estelle Janson, Ed Decter and John Strauss wrote the first movie while Gould has served as a writer on the series. The movie and TV series features the antics of a live-action teenage girl visited by her animated alter ego. Hilary Duff plays Lizzie and has not been signed for the sequel yet. Writer Gould has written for PARTY OF FIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and is repped by ICM.