Alcon Entertainment is in the final stages of developing Dolphin Tale 2, a follow-up to its 2011 box office hit family film, it was announced by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Distributor Warner Bros is setting September 19, 2014 release date.
The original cast in its entirety is in negotiations to reunite for the sequel, including Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, among others. Charles Martin Smith, who directed Dolphin Tale, is set to direct the sequel from his own script.
Alcon will finance and produce the film, which it will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.
Dolphin Tale 2 will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter, but also involving a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.
Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the original film and returns in Dolphin Tale 2 and Hope will play herself in the sequel.
The story of Winter was originally brought to Alcon by the Company's president of worldwide marketing Richard Ingber, who also produced Dolphin Tale with Kosove and Johnson.