Jerry Seinfeld Gets Animated Acting Bug

12/10/2003 at 08:30 AM EST

"Antz," move over. The latest buzz in Hollywood is that Jerry Seinfeld will write, produce and star in an animated film about those sweet little honey-gatherers, to be called "Bee Movie."

DreamWorks announced the computerized animation project Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

"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, 49, said in a statement.

He will reportedly provide the voice of the lead male bee and will now begin working on a script for the project. (No deadlines have been announced, nor a start of production date. Then again, nobody's made any wisecracks about stinging comments, either.)

The comedy will be set in a bee metropolis and deal with various strata of bee society.

DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said that Seinfeld's proposal for the feature was the bee's knees.

"I have been willing to put myself in any number of potentially humiliating situations in order to demonstrate my unflagging appreciation of his talent," Katzenberg said.

He added: "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."

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