Alcon Entertainment announced Friday that Dolphin Tale 2 has been green-lighted, after weeks of negotiations succeeded in rehiring the original’s stars including Harry Connick Jr., Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. They signed off on the screenplay written by Charles Martin Smith, who also returns as director.
Winter the bottlenose dolphin, whose rescue and rehabilitation with a prosthetic tail inspired the movies and Clearwater Marine Aquarium visitors, will again play herself.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who approved $5 million in state funds toward Alcon’s production costs, joined aquarium CEO David Yates at the aquarium Friday for the formal announcement. (More @ The Tampa Bay Times)