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Walt Becker signs on to direct fourth 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' film

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Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have remained off the big screen since 2011, but a new director has signed on to pilot the next (chip)ship.

EW can confirm that Van Wilder director Walt Becker has signed on to helm the currently untitled fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. Becker’s last film was 2009’s Old DogsThe Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The film’s plot details are currently unknown, though there’s a good chance at least one, if not hopefully four, chipmunk-related puns will appear in the final title.

It has also not been confirmed whether the cast of the previous film, which includes Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney as the titular chipmunks or Jason Lee as Dave, will return.

The fourth Chipmunks film is currently slated for a Dec. 23, 2015 release.