Jerry Seinfeld gets animated on the big screen. He'll write, produce, and star in ''Bee Movie,'' a computer-animated feature for DreamWorks

By Gary Susman
Updated December 10, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Jerry Seinfeld has been bitten by the movie bug — or rather, stung. The comedian and retired sitcom champ announced his first large-scale project since quitting his eponymous NBC show in 1998. It’s a computer-animated feature film called ”Bee Movie,” which he will write, star in, and produce.

It’ll be the second CGI ‘toon comedy about insect society from DreamWorks, the studio that brought you ”Antz.” (Not to mention the CGI smash ”Shrek.”) ”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,” Seinfeld said in a statement. ”The enthusiasm of [DreamWorks chiefs] Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for this idea is the main reason I decided to do it.”

Seinfeld starred in the documentary ”Comedian” last year, but ”Bee Movie” marks his first writing and acting project since he mothballed ”Seinfeld.” Since then, Hollywood has been courting him in vain, his manager, Howard West, said in the statement. How did DreamWorks finally land him? Katzenberg said in the statement: ”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.”