It's easy to feel hopeless about the evils of this world. And then there are stories that restore a little faith in humanity. This one happens to be related to the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel. Reddit users helped a terminally ill man receive his last wish. Dan was diagnosed with two different types of cancer and was told he only had weeks to live. His final request? The Trekkie wanted to set eyes on Star Trek Into Darkness.
The normally secretive J.J. Abrams was happy to help Dan, and the director set up a screening of the unfinished project starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldaña and company. Dan's grateful wife wrote a message of thanks to the online community, relaying that they "enjoyed it immensely as a film and as a gesture." You can read the full letter, below.
"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.... However; Daniel 'hates' being an 'inspiring cancer story' we his friends and loved ones would prefer for the update to have more of a heartfelt message of giving, especially during this season: 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 JJAbrams & 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 (and a person like me who knows slightly less about these things).
Also, it was truely amazing that a film-maker so secretive as JJ Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.
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.
it was a wonderful thing to see with Daniel and a wonderful thing to see Daniel enjoy - Making someone as ill as he is smile for any length of time really makes a difference. (At this point making me smile is good too)
This is also so poignant as JJ Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything 'right' for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn't 100% enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on....... Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!
We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you....."
Editor's note: The Dan in question here is actually one of the gentlemen who helps run the New York Asian Film Festival.
[via Cinema Blend]