Garner to topline ‘Christmas’ remake

Warner Bros. in holiday spirit

Jennifer Garner has pacted with Warner Bros. Pictures to topline and produce a remake of romantic comedy “Christmas in Connecticut.”

Project reunites Garner with “13 Going on 30” producing partners Susan Arnold and Donna Roth. Garner and Juliana Janes will produce through their Vandalia Films.

There is no writer assigned yet to the remake of the 1945 screwball holiday classic, directed by Peter Godfrey and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

Original storyline revolves around a cooking writer — the Martha Stewart of her time — whom the world believes to living on a cozy farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. In reality, she’s a single woman living on her own in New York. The ruse is discovered when a holiday meal is planned at her fake farm.

In 1992, Arnold Schwarzenegger directed a remake of “Christmas in Connecticut” for television. Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Curtis starred. In that version, the cooking diva is the hostess of her own homemaking show.

Garner is in theaters with “Catch and Release.” She’s set to begin production on Jason Reitman’s coming-of-age comedy “Juno” later this month in Vancouver.

Arnold and Roth (“Forces of Nature,” “America’s Sweethearts”) are in post-production with comedy “Drillbit Taylor” for Paramount.

Garner is repped by Endeavor and Management 360.

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