According to Variety, Charles Martin Smith will direct from a screenplay by Karen Janszen with revisions by Smith and Jordan Roberts. The script's based on an original treatment by Noam Dromi.
A Dolphin's Tale centers on a young dolphin that loses her tail in a crab trap and an introverted 11-year-old boy who rallies friends and family to save it by persuading a doctor to create a prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin's ability to swim. Winter will play herself in the movie.
Production will begin Sept. 27 in Clearwater, Fla. The film will be released by Warner Bros.