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Daniel takes ‘Beethoven’ overture

Rod Daniel has been signed to direct Universal’s “Beethoven’s 2nd,” the studio’s follow-up to last year’s hit “Beethoven,” sources confirmed yesterday.

Although terms of the deal– hammered out yesterday by Daniel’s agent, Bruce Kaufman of the Broder Kurland Webb Uffner Agency–were not disclosed, it is pay or play.

That means Daniel will be paid regardless of whether the comedy, slated for an April start, goes into production.

Sources also confirmed that the original film’s star, Charles Grodin, will reprise his role as the uptight, overly organized George Newton.

“Beethoven’s 2nd,” written by Len Blum, is slated for a Christmas release and brings together much of the same creative team as the first, including executive producer Ivan Reitman and producers Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross. The Northern Lights Entertainment production will be budgeted at about $ 15 million.

As for other cast members returning to the sequel, sources said a deal is close to being finalized for the services of Bonnie Hunt, who played Grodin’s wife in “Beethoven.”

Among Daniel’s most recent credits is “The Super,” in addition to Universal’s “K-9,””Like Father, Like Son” and “Teen Wolf.”

“Beethoven,” which grossed more than $ 57 million domestically last year, was directed by Brian Levant, who was recently set to direct Universal’s live-action film “The Flintstones.”

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