Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment has greenlit the family project Dolphin’s Tale.
Alcon will finance and co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce with president of worldwide marketing Richard Ingber, who brought the project to the company.
Charles Martin Smith will direct from a script by Karen Janszen. Smith and Jordan Roberts revised the screenplay, which is based on an original treatment by Noam Dromi.
Casting is currently underway on Dolpin’s Tale, about a young boy’s inspirational efforts to help an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap.
The boy eventually motivates everyone around him to help save the animal by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace its missing tail. Steve Wegner and Robert Engelman will executive produce.
The actual dolphin Winter will play herself when principal photography commences on September 27 at Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter lives. Warner Bros will release.
“We are very excited about doing this project and bringing Winter’s extraordinary story to the big screen,” Johnson and Kosove said. “We are committed to only filming wild dolphins in their natural habitat and the dolphins at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium whose motto is ‘Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return.’”