Betty Thomas, director of Dr. Dolittle, I Spy, and 28 Days (not "Later") has signed on to direct the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel, which is seriously being called The Squeakuel:
Betty Thomas has signed on to direct "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel," Fox 2000 and Regency's follow-up to the surprise 2007 hit featuring the lovable CGI-animated singing rodents.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps, the new movie will introduce the Chipmunks' female counterparts, the Chipettes.
After Alvin and the Chipmunks brought in over $200 million domestically, you might think the studios would want to stick with original director Tim Hill. But no, this change was definitely needed to bring the kind of female perspective necessary to make the Chipettes believable characters when they're eating each others feces.