Update On Dying Fan’s Private Star Trek Into Darkness Screening + Statement From Family December 30, 2012by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fandom,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback
On Friday TrekMovie reported a story about how Paramount, Bad Robot and director JJ Abrams were going to grant a dying fan’s wish to see an early preview of Star Trek Into Darkness. That private screening has now taken place and TrekMovie has been sent a statement from the family about the event and giving thanks to the internet fan community for helping to make it happen. See below for more details
Wife: Preview of Star Trek Into Darkness was a ‘wonderful thing’ for dying fan
On Friday TrekMovie reported about a 41-year-old New York Star Trek fan named Daniel who has been given less than two months to live and was having trouble getting to see the nine minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness. After a family friend made a posting about his plight on Reddit on Christmas Day, word got to Paramount, Bad Robot and director JJ Abrams himself. This resulted in arranging a private screening of a rough cut of Into Darkness, which happened on Sunday.
While Paramount and Bad Robot are still not making any public comments regarding this, tonight Daniel’s wife sent myself and a couple of other journalists the following statement from the family, thanking the internet community for their support:
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 JJ 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 film maker 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 truly 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 to 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 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…..
Once again on behalf of everyone at TrekMovie.com our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel and his family And again we express our admiration to the people at Paramount, Bad Robot and specifically to JJ Abrams for making this happen. It may sound corny but this kind of thing is part of what Star Trek is all about. Hope and family in the face of adversity. I believe that Gene Roddenberry, The Great Bird of the Galaxy, would be proud.