Minkoff is ‘Stuart II’ cheese

Helmer to sign on for Col's mouse movie sequel

Rob Minkoff is in final negotiations to helm Columbia Pictures’ sequel to “Stuart Little.”

Minkoff, who helmed Col’s hit 1999 pic of the same name and co-directed Disney’s 1994 smash “The Lion King,” is expected to ink a deal imminently. Terms were not available.

“Rob Minkoff is responsible for two of the most memorable and successful family movies ever made,” said producer Doug Wick, who will produce the pic with partner Lucy Fisher at their Col-based Red Wagon Prods. Reached on vacation on London, Wick added: “We have big dreams for the little mouse, and Rob is the perfect guy to lead us on the groundbreaking adventure that will become the sequel.

While the studio has been mum on “Stuart II’s” storyline (“Ghost” and “Deep Impact” screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin is penning the script), insiders say it will introduce new faces, expanding the list of CGI characters to include an unnamed bird — a new best friend for Stuart with whom love may also be in the air.

Col’s senior veepee of production Lori Furie will supervise the pic’s production for the studio.

Minkoff is repped by Creative Artists Agency and by attorneys Bruce Ramer and Jeff Mandell at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

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