"The only movie that I would ever even consider retrofitting is the first 'Jurassic Park,'" Steven Spielberg told Moviefone last year. "I think would look pretty spectacular in 3D." Looks like the acclaimed director is ready to put his money where his mouth is: Universal has set a 3D re-release of "Jurassic Park" for July 19, 2013.
Originally released on June 11, 1993, "Jurassic Park" earned over $357 million at U.S. theaters and another $557 million abroad. With the re-release, "Park" could become Spielberg's first $1 billion global hit; the dinosaur adventure currently stands at $914.6 million worldwide.
Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, "Jurassic Park" imagines what dinosaurs would look like in present day. Despite being 19 years old, the special effects work in the film still has an impact on movies today.
"[W]e invented the technology," Spielberg told Moviefone about technological advances since "Park" was released. "We're not just standing on the shoulders of giants; we're the inventors of the technology to begin with. The first leading characters in history that were digital characters were the dinosaurs in 'Jurassic Park.' That had never happened before."
In other release-date news: Universal has moved "Oblivion," with Tom Cruise in the lead, to April 26, 2013. It's the second Cruise film to shift dates this week.