DeGeneres to play Mother Nature in comedy

Project from 'Sex and the City' scribe Jenny Bicks

Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to play Mother Nature in an untitled comedy being produced by Walden Media. The project is being penned by "Sex and the City" writer-executive producer Jenny Bicks.

In the film, which springs from an original concept inside Walden, the Emmy-winning talk show host will return to Earth for the first time since the planet's creation. No word yet on whether Mother Nature likes to dance.

"I've always wanted to control the weather," DeGeneres said. "Nothing will stop me from doing this ... neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet. ... I may be thinking of the postal service -- but I'm really excited about the movie."

Walden execs Michael Bostick and Evan Turner will oversee the project. The company is fast-tracking it for a potential summer shoot in L.A. while DeGeneres is on hiatus.

Family-friendly Walden Media produced the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Charlotte's Web." Its forthcoming slate includes "Tooth Fairy" with Dwayne Johnson and "Ramona & Beezus," adapted from the Beverly Cleary books.

DeGeneres, repped by ICM and the Gold Company, hasn't taken a live-action film role since 1999, when she appeared in "EDtv" and "The Love Letter." She was the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo" and is producing and lending her voice to "Dog Show," an animation project in development at Warner Bros.

The UTA-repped Bicks has been a writer-producer on "Men in Trees," "Seinfeld," "Naked Truth" and "Dawson's Creek." She is developing "Modern Love," a news series for HBO. Bicks co-wrote the feature "What a Girl Wants" and is working on the scripts for Fox Animation's "Left Tern" and Sony's "Destination Wedding."
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