It's not nice to fool with this character


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, Mother Nature will return to Earth for the first time. No word on whether she likes to dance.

Walden execs Michael Bostick and Evan Turner will oversee the project. The company is fast- tracking it for a potential summer shoot in Los Angeles while the Emmy-nominated DeGeneres is on hiatus from her talk show.

Family-friendly Walden has 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. The UTA-repped Bicks has been a writer-producer on "Men in Trees," "Seinfeld," "Naked Truth" and "Dawson's Creek." (partialdiff)