'Alias' star producing pic under Vandalia banner

Warner Bros. has acquired remake rights to the 2004 Japanese hit “Be With You,” with Jennifer Garner starring and producing via her newly formed Vandalia Films banner.

Garner and partner Juliana Janes will produce with the “American Beauty” team of Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.

Originally directed by Nobuhiro Doi from a novel by Takuji Ichikawa, “Be With You” prospered during a flurry of Japanese tearjerkers and added a supernatural element to its love story formula. On her deathbed, a dying young woman tells her husband and young son that she will return to them. A year later, father and son happen upon a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead woman.

Deal was made by Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, which produced the original and will also be a producer on the new project. It is the producer’s second pic to be tapped for a major English-language remake, after “Shall We Dance.” Studio will set a filmmaker shortly to steer the script adaptation.

Garner, who launched into features after the success of the J.J. Abrams-created series “Alias,” recently wrapped “Catch and Release,” a romantic comedy for Columbia written and directed by “Erin Brockovich” scribe Susannah Grant.

After launching their producing company with the project, Garner and Janes sought out an experienced partner in Jinks/Cohen Prods. WB exec Greg Silverman will oversee the pic.

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