Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has confirmed the speculation that it is retrofitting Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park into 3D. The studio has dated the film to bow Friday, July 19, 2013. Released in 1993, Jurassic Park grossed $915 million worldwide; I’ll bet the 3D re-release pushes it over the $1 billion gross mark. While it might merit an asterisk, the re-release would mark the first Spielberg-directed film to surpass that billion dollar mark.

At the same time, Universal has moved up the release of the Joseph Kosinski-directed Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion to April 26, 2013. The picture, which just got underway in Baton Rouge, will be ready earlier than expected. It had originally been dated for release July 10, 2013. It become the second Cruise film this week to switch its release date, after the Paramount/Skydance adaptation of the Lee Child novel One Shot was placed into the Christmas 2012 slot.

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