As with any sequel, Dolphin Tale 2 is repeating what worked the first time around.
The makers of the Dolphin Tale sequel announced Thursday that the continuing adventures of Winter the tail-less dolphin will have a local premiere at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the same spot the hit movie premiered in 2011 after it was filmed in Pinellas County.
Dolphin Tale 2 will debut Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m., two days before opening in theaters nationwide.
Tickets range from $25 to $150 and are on sale now at seewinter.com, the website for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where Winter resides. A blue carpet entrance begins at 5 p.m. but as yet none of the movie's biggest stars — Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd — are confirmed to attend.
Winter, of course, is homebound but closed-circuit greetings from the aquarium worked before, so a sequel seems in order.
Dolphin Tale is a family film inspired by the true story of a young dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap but was nursed back to health. Winter became a symbol for thousands of veterans and kids who use prosthetic arms or legs. The heart-warming story has earned more than $95 million at the box office.