According to Variety, 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.

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.

Brian B.