Star Trek Into Darkness Dying Fan's Wish "Unbelievably Touching" Says J.J. Abrams
created 01/06/2013 - 8:25pm, updated 01/06/2013 - 8:27pm
Six weeks ago Daniel Craft was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
His one wish before he passed on was to get a chance to see the next Star Trek movie.
So one of his friends posted in Reddit looking for help, with word reaching Paramount and J.J. Abrams.
Abrams put together a rough-cut of the movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, which enabled Craft to get a chance to watch the movie before its premiere in May.
Two days ago, Daniel Craft passed away, and earlier at a panel for NBC's Revolution J.J. Abrams said "it's very sensitive" and "unbelievably touching" (via Deadline).
Daniel Craft was heavily involved with the NYC Asian Film Festival having been a member since 2004, and it's reported by the NYAFF Facebook Page that his last words were "I'm going...into the future."
In addition, his friend posted the following on Reddit thanking everyone.
“A day or so after the thread began, Paige, Dan’s wife, got a voicemail from JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof that was very nice and very straightforward: a producer for the movie would get in touch with them. The next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast.
Afterwards, Dan got back into bed, exhausted, and didn’t get out again. Yesterday he was pretty non-responsive and Paige took him to the hospital for hospice care. Last night, at 10:15pm, with Paige and his brother in his room, Dan died. The last thing he got to do that gave him pleasure was watch the new Star Trek movie. And it’s because of you.
At a time when he didn’t have a whole lot to look forward to, r/StarTrek, JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Bad Robot performed a simple act of kindness for a total stranger and gave Dan something to be excited about for a couple of days. The movie did exactly what movies are supposed to do, it helped him forget about his problems for a couple of hours. It doesn’t sound like much, but in this case it was.”
R.I.P Daniel Craft and hats off to you Mr. Abrams.
Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.
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