Winter the Dolphin is coming back with Hope the Dolphin with Warner Bros. dating Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” for Sept. 19, 2014. 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... Read more »
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Alcon Entertainment‘s Dolphin Tale grossed $95.4M worldwide when it was released in September 2011, and now the producer-financier is close to diving in for a sequel. Charles Martin Smith, who directed the first pic, is set to helm Dolphin Tale 2 from his own script, and the original cast that included Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson are in negotiations to return. Warner Bros, which has an output deal with Alcon, today set a September 19, 2014 release for the movie. The original film centered on the true-story friendship between a boy and a dolphin (Winter played himself) whose tail was lost in a crab trap. The plot for the second movie will also revolve a true story inspired by Winter, but also involves a baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Smith is repped by APA.
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