Former sit-com king Jerry Seinfeld will make the leap to the big screen, writing, producing and starring in a CG-animated movie for DreamWorks. The comedian has begun scripting Bee Movie, which will revolve around a buzzing, anthropomorphized bee metropolis much like Manhattan.
In announcing the project, Jeffrey Katzenberg comments, "Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most brilliant and unique comic minds of our time. It has been a dream of mine for over 10 years to be in business with him, and during that time, I have been willing to put myself in any number of potentially humiliating situations in order to demonstrate my unflagging appreciation of his talent. We were delighted when he came to us with his wonderfully funny concept for an animated feature and even more thrilled to be the studio that will bring Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy to the big screen."
Seinfeld adds, "I have always been fascinated by bee society, the world’s most harmoniously run organization, and now I finally am going to be in it. The enthusiasm of Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for this idea is the main reason I decided to do it."
Like most studio heads, Katzenberg and fellow DreamWorks topper Steven Spielberg have long been courting the comedian for feature projects.
Since Seinfeld decided to retire his top-rated, self-titled NBC comedy series, he has appeared in American Express commercials and returned to the stand-up circuit. He did an HBO comedy special titled Jerry Seinfeld: I’m Telling You For the Last Time and produced the Miramax documentary Comedian, which followed his return to the life of a touring comic.