For years, J.J. Abrams has been making magic happen on screen — and off.
The filmmaker is reportedly granting a dying man’s plea to see “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which doesn’t hit theaters until May 2013.
According to a Christmas Day Reddit post, the man, identified only as Dan, was recently diagnosed with an untreatable, aggressive cancer and has just weeks to live. Even so, the huge “Star Trek” fan summoned the energy to attend a showing of “The Hobbit” just to see the extended nine-minute promo for “Into Darkness” — only to discover it was not playing in his region. (The extended promo is limited to select theaters.)
Writes his wife on the social media site: “We, his friends and family, the love of my life – WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie but even the 10 minutes of the trailer would be AMAZING.”
The Reddit community came to the rescue, ensuring that the post received top billing on the site and attracting the attention of Paramount and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot.
On Friday (Dec. 28), the poster submitted a follow-up with heartening news:
“Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from his wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!”
And Dan will be seeing much more than nine minutes of “Into Darkness”: TrekMovie confirms that “some kind of ‘rough form’ of the film will be screened for the dying fan sometime soon.”
What’s even more remarkable is that this isn’t the first time Abrams has made such a heartwarming, grand gesture: In 2008, he contacted a terminally ill Carnegie Mellon professor, Randy Pausch — who gained fame for his inspirational “last lecture” — and offered the devoted Trekkie a cameo (with a line) in his original “Star Trek” film.
How’s that for an inspirational holiday story?