Shark Movie Ushers in Excitement for "Dolphin Tale"
Photo by Renee Burrell
CLEARWATER - The historic Capitol Theatre's seats were filled Friday for the 35th anniversary screening of Universal's film adaptation of Peter Benchley's book, Jaws. The Clearwater Downtown Partnership hosted the event in cooperation with the Capitol Theatre and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). Proceeds from the event will benefit CMA, who's staff was on hand to promote Winter, the dolphin set to play herself in an upcoming Warner Brothers and Alcon 3-D movie loosely based on her plight, entitled "Dolphin Tale."
Several years ago, at age two months, Winter lost her tail in a crab trap, was rescued and sent to CMA where she now thrives as her trainers and volunteers teach her to swim with a prosthetic tail. According to the Hollywood Reporter A-list actors Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd are in negotiations to star in "Dolphin Tale," with Charles Martin Smith directing. "The movie version centers on a boy who befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. Through their bond and friendship, the boy motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin's tail. The marine mammal's strong survival instincts become an inspiration to people with special needs throughout the world."
CMA has announced that the Aquarium will be closed temporarily in mid-September for filming.
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