Charles Martin Smith to direct family feature

Alcon Entertainment has greenlit “Dolphin Tale,” inspired by the true story of “Winter” the dolphin and the young boy who befriends her after she who lost her tail in a crab trap.

Winter will play herself in the movie, set to film in Florida at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter lives. Story revolves around the boy motivating those around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin’s missing tail.

Principle photography will begin on Sept. 27. “Dolphin Tale” will be released via Alcon’s output deal with Warner Bros.

Alcon co-founders and co-cEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce the film with Richard Ingber, the banner’s president of worldwide marketing who brought the project in. Alcon will finance.

Charles Martin Smith (“Air Bud”) will direct from a script by Karen Janszen (“A Walk to Remember”) with revisions from Smith and Jordan Roberts (“March of the Penguins”). Script’s based on an original treatment by Noam Dromi.

Steve Wegner and Robert Engelman will exec produce.

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