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'Star Trek' director Abrams screens sequel for dying fan

by KC & Taka posted Jan 3 2013 5:29AM
CinemaCon 2011 photo
J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming film "Super 8," introduces clips of the film to the audience during the opening night of CinemaCon 2011. The event is the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners.

A terminally ill "Star Trek" fan had his wish to see the upcoming sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" come true, thanks to the film's director J.J. Abrams and social media site Reddit.

According to Mashable, the 41-year-old cancer patient and Star Trek fan was granted his wish to see the upcoming film after a post by a friend went viral on Reddit.

The Independent writes:

On Christmas Day, a post appeared on the social news website Reddit from a user calling himself “ideeeyut”, who was hoping for an “amazing act of generosity and kindness for a friend of mine who is really sick”.


Ideeeyut’s 41-year-old friend, identified only as “Dan”, was diagnosed with leukaemia three and a half years ago, the post explained, and had endured a bone marrow transplant, full body radiation treatment and more than three rounds of chemotherapy. Recently, a rare and unrelated vascular tumor had been discovered attacking Dan’s liver. 

"There is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he [has] jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live," ideeeyut, quoting Dan's wife, wrote in his post. "[W]e, his friends and family…WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie," the post continued.

The film is scheduled to be released in theaters May 2013.

Mashable writes, that some reddit users attempted to contact Paramount Pictures, while others reached out to friends and family members who had contacts in the film and TV industries.

Eventually his plea reached the ears of J.J. Abrams himself.

Two days ago, Dan's wife, through ideeeyut, posted an update, saying that her husband had indeed been able to see the film:

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...

It is also so wonderful for his friends & his family to finally hear some good news from us, they know how important film is to Daniel & could not think of a better way to please him. So this gesture really has brought a lot of smiles all around.

According to the Independent, neither Abrams nor Paramount Pictures have commented on the deed.

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