J.J. Abrams Makes 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Wish Come True for Dying Fan

The director screens the film for a longtime 'Star Trek' fan battling cancer, who only has weeks left to live.
J.J. Abrams screens Star Trek Into Darkness for a dying fan
J.J. Abrams screens Star Trek Into Darkness for a dying fan
Millions of fans got an early taste of director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness when the nine-minute preview screened in select IMAX theaters before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this past December. A fan identified as "Daniel," who has been battling two forms of cancer for the past three years, got an even bigger surprise when J.J. Abrams granted an amazing wish, to screen the entire film, an unfinished cut of the sequel, to the terminally ill man.

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.

"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 J.J. Abrams & 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 filmmaker 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 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.



Sources: Yahoo! Movies, Reddit

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Comments (16)

  1. the Narrator

    Very sweet of J.J. Seeing as this isn't a huge media thing, I know that this wasn't done out of a want for positive publicity. After all, Abrams' name is already huge, the film is highly anticipated, and there have been no bad reports from the set. Knowing that, I can rest easy knowing Abrams did this for a guy who needed this most. Stand up man, indeed.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  2. Xenon

    That's a very good thing to do J.J your very kind.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  3. Geekster

    Reminds me of the story of the young aussie aspiring film maker whom Peter Jackson hired to direct an ad for organ donation- i think it was? , and the young man was on set numerous times on the TLOTR and sadly passed on. Creative minds and hands are not only studio exective like- money grabbers they are humans after all.

    1 year agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  4. Kill-Bill

    Respect for J.J. Abrams. Good luck for Daniel, familey and friends. Getting tears in my eyes.

    1 year agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  5. ChiRep_1

    Goes to show the power of cinema... Huge respect to Abrams and best wishes to Daniel and his family.

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  6. darksektor1971

    GODSPEED Daniel...Abrams...RESPECT!

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  7. Raoul Duke

    What an amazing gesture. It's so wonderful to hear such a heartwarming story, especially when the news these days is so chock-full with massacre, war, and economical uncertainty. Agreed @josh Abrams is a stand-up guy.

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  8. Replicant

    That's real sweet of JJ

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  9. Replicant

    That's real sweet of JJ

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  10. Josh

    JJ Abrams: stand up guy.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. justatadmatt

    Very cool. Points for JJ.

    1 year agoby @justatadmattFlag

  12. moviemouse

    wow got misty eyed reading that, I'm glad Daniel got his wish

    1 year agoby @moviemouseFlag

  13. Daniel Cantu

    That was such a kind thing to do for a fan. J.J job well done.

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  14. Mr.K

    Very glad that J.J. Abrams did this for Daniel. Good for him ^^

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  15. the MovieGhost

    Very classy J.J. My hat's off to you.

    1 year agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  16. The Real Goku

    That was such a nice thing! And the movie looks like it will be great. I enjoyed the first one can't wait for the second one

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag