'Chipmunks' high-talking to Hill


Tim Hill is in discussions with the 20th Century Fox's Fox 2000 division about directing "Alvin and the Chipmunks," a live-action/CG film based on the animated trio of singing chipmunks, who first rose to popularity in the late 1950s.

Hill directed last year's "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties," which Fox released, as well as 2001's "Max Keeble's Big Move." His writing credits include "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" as well as episodes of the "SpongeBob" TV series. Fox is expected to cast a comic actor in the role of Dave Seville, pal to the three chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, who will be computer generated.

Ross Bagdasarian Jr., son of the late Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who created the Chipmunks, is producing along with Janice Karman, president of Bagdasarian Prods., which is producing the project with Fox.

Hill is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Jeffrey Thal of Ensemble Entertainment.