J.J. Abrams Screened All of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' for Dying Trekkie
Last week, a story started making the rounds online about a lifelong Star Trek fan named Dan being contacted by J.J Abrams after he learned that the man had been diagnosed with two forms of cancer and his dying wish was to see Star Trek Into Darkness. The closest Dan thought he would get to the sequel was venturing out to see the 9-minute prologue before IMAX showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but their screening didn't have it for some reason. Shortly thereafter, doctors gave Dan only a few weeks left to live, and going back to the theater became much harder. Well, one of Dan's friends posted about the man's dying wish on Reddit, and it didn't take long for J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot to spring into action.
Initially, when the story made its way around to Abrams, it seemed like Dan would just get a special screening of the prologue, but he got a lot more. The story and dying wish originated on Reddit (via Yahoo) has as happy an ending that can come in a situation like this as Dan and his wife were shown the entire working cut of Star Trek Into Darkness (obviously not all of the special effects are finished). That's about the most touching, bittersweet story we've heard in a long time. Here's Dan's wife response to the film with her heartfelt thanks:
"Hi everyone, it's Daniel's wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture.
This is a story of us giving something to him, the 'internet' community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course J.J. Abrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind."
This is just such a touching story and should give everyone hope and faith in the goodness of humanity. It also shows just how powerful the Internet can be. Who knows if this man's dying wish would have come true if it wasn't for the people of Reddit and the speed at which people share information and stories online. Our heart goes out to Dan and his wife as they deal with his terminal illness, and we're very glad that his dreams came true, even though it's during such a tragic time.