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After a post on the popular Internet message board Reddit found its way to J.J. Abrams, the director granted one Star Trek fan an exclusive preview screening of the still-unfinished Star Trek Into Darkness. Why the special treatment? Because the fan, a 41-year-old man named Daniel, is dying of cancer and only has weeks to live.
“My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match,” Daniel’s wife wrote in the original posting. “He is now ravaged by a new, totally unrelated cancer. … There is nothing left to do but make him comfortable. … He has weeks to live.”
Daniel’s family managed to get him out of the hospital and into a screening of The Hobbit, where they thought he’d see the first 10 minutes of Into Darkness — but that particular theater wasn’t showing the preview, leading friends and family to Reddit in the hopes of granting him a last wish.
A follow-up post published on Dec. 31 reveals that Abrams made special arrangements to screen the film for him.
“[W]e 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,” his wife writes. “It was truly amazing that a filmmaker so secretive as J.J. Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.”
A call to Paramount for comment was not immediately returned.
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