by: Donna Whitehead
Randi Mayem Singer is set to write the screenplay for Fox 2000’s ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 4, the sequel to 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” 2009’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” and 2011’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” Plot details are still under wraps, but the film will presumably, like its predecessors, center on the singing chipmunk trio Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. Karen Rosenfelt is executive producing through Sunswept Entertainment, and New Regency Productions is also involved in the production.
The “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies are based off of characters created by musician Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. for the 1958 novelty album “Let’s All Sing with the Chipmunks.” In order to create the Chipmunks’ high voices, Bagdasarian sped up his own voice, a technique which he had used on several previous songs, notably “The Witch Doctor.” After the success of Bagdasarian’s album, the Chipmunks were adapted numerous times, into comic books, television shows, and eventually a live-action movie (with puppets used for the Chipmunks).
The 2007 movie, however, was the first feature animated movie made about the Chipmunks. It starred Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore, all of whom reprised their roles in the sequels. “The Squeakquel” and “Chipwrecked” also starred Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, and Christina Applegate as the voices of the Chipettes, a trio of female singing chipmunks. (The Chipettes date back to the Chipmunks albums of the 1980s, on which they were voiced by Bagdasarian’s wife, Janice Karman.) There’s no word yet on whether any of the franchise’s stars will return for the fourth installment, but it seems likely that a good number of them will.
Singer is best known as one of the writers of the classic family comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Since then, she has written the script for the 2010 comedy “Tooth Fairy,” and has worked extensively in television. She served as showrunner on the two-season comedy “Jack & Jill,” and currently works as a consulting producer on CBS’ “Mom,” on which Faris stars. Singer also wrote the original draft of “Wish List,” a project that seems to currently be stalled at Disney, but which at one time, at least, had Reese Witherspoon attached. A subsequent draft of “Wish List” was written by Glen Berger and Jonathan Aibel, who, coincidentally, also wrote both “The Squeakquel” and “Chipwrecked.”
Singer is repped by ICM Partners.