Daniel was disappointed when the preview was not screened at his local theater. Sadly, soon thereafter, Daniel was given just two weeks to live. The man's friends sprung into action, creating a Reddit thread on Christmas Day. Just days later, J.J. Abrams himself responded, organizing a special screening for Daniel and his wife to watch an early cut of his highly-anticipated sequel.
Here's what Daniel's wife had to say to those who helped this happen.
Also, it was truely amazing that a filmmaker so secretive as J.J. 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 J.J. 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....."
The film was screened on December 29th. Neither Paramount nor J.J. Abrams has commented on their generous act of kindness.
Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.