J.J. Abrams is notorious for being secretive about his projects, but even he knows when it’s time to give a little. That opportunity came when a Reddit post brought to light the story of a lifelong Trekkie named Dan who is suffering from two forms of cancer and learned he won’t live long enough to see “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
According to the post, Dan had tried to see the 10-minute prologue of the movie in theaters, but it wasn’t screened before his showing of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Not long after, he learned he only has weeks left to live and didn’t have the strength to return to theaters to see the snippet of the film. His wife and his friend took to Reddit to see if they could get someone to help them screen the portion of the film for Dan, and they got more than she asked for: J.J. Abrams coordinated a screening of a rough cut of “Star Trek Into Darkness” for the fan.
“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,” Dan’s wife writes on Reddit. “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.”
She continues, “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…..”
“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits theaters on May 17.