The sequel will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter — and also involving a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.
Variety reported on May 28 that Charles Martin Smith, who directed “Dolphin Tale,” was on board to helm the sequel from his own script. Alcon is in negotiations with the cast to return.
“Dolphin Tale” generated a solid $72 million at the U.S. box office in 2011 through Warner Bros. and another $23 million overseas. The 3D film was produced by Alcon toppers Kosove and Broderick Johnson, with Alcon marketing prexy Richard Ingber, who brought the project to the company.
That script by Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi, with revisions by Smith and Jordan Roberts, was based on true events about Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and an 11-year old boy who befriended her at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He rallied friends and family to save Winter and convinced a doctor to create a prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin’s ability to swim. Winter, who has resided at the Clearwater facility since 2005, played herself in the movie.
Cast in the original included Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman.