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Update On Dying Fan’s Private Star Trek Into Darkness Screening + Statement From Family December 30, 2012

by 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.



1. dmduncan - December 30, 2012

Beautiful. :-)

2. Red Dead Ryan - December 30, 2012

Wonderful to hear!


3. Hat Rick - December 30, 2012

I am very moved by the message from Daniel’s wife and thank her for letting us know a little of the lives of her family.

May they enjoy much peace, grace, and serenity.

4. Dalbe Markman - December 30, 2012

Amazing how caring and thoughtful of everyone who made this happen. These are great friends of mine and so deserving of your kindness.
Miss you Daniel & Paige, our thoughts and prayers are with you always!

5. Newman - December 30, 2012

A great story.

6. The Great Bird Lives - December 30, 2012

Wow, I am having difficulty typing. My hands are shaking from the incredible news.
Nice story, Anthony. That’s why I come here. Because true Star Trek Fans are the greatest people in the world, and I am very lucky to be able to come here and express my opinion, and catch the latest news. Thanks JJ, and co. you guys have really got my respect.

7. Duane Boda - December 30, 2012

YES….caring (and obviously listening) for your fellow man is step in the
right direction. If the leaders genuinely cared and listened to the pleas of
our neighbors – etc…wouldn’t be all the benaficories of it all? Fine message!

8. JP - December 30, 2012

who cares how good this movie turns out to be and how well it does at the box office it has already earned 4 stars in my book and 2 thumbs way straight up because I have a mother who is dying of cancer and i know what it means to grant a dying persons last request and this whole company and all involved deserve a standing ovation…..thank goodness for star trek and thanks to all involved!!!

9. Chuck - December 30, 2012

Awesome and moving… Thank you.

10. JP - December 30, 2012

the human adventure truly is just beginning

11. JP - December 30, 2012

and guess what? i just may go see this movie a couple dozen times MORE just to support this awesome achievement and show MY support to a group of people who obviously CARE about OTHERS….thanks again JJ Abrams, Bad Robot AND Paramount…and my best to the dear family and my prayers and hopes go out to them and Daniel. Happy New Year all!!!!

12. Bob Tompkins - December 30, 2012


13. chain of command - December 30, 2012

Great story! Great to see some goodness in a world where such a thing seems to be in such short supply.

14. Montreal_Paul - December 30, 2012

This is absolutely awesome. What a great story all around.

15. Rm10019 - December 30, 2012

Simply awesome

16. Commodore Redshirt - December 30, 2012

This update made me cry.
Two years ago when I had my cancer surgery, a thousand things went through my mind. I thought about my wife and my family and the way I had lived my life and all the things I loved.
Being face to face with mortality is heavy, and one needs a distraction or two in order to cope.
Thanks to JJ and everyone at Bad Robot who made this happen.

To Daniel, your wife and family,
I send you all my heartfelt best wishes. I know how hard this is. I lost my mother to cancer in 1999 when she was only 59 and I have recently battled cancer myself and am lucky enough to have survived. But the stress was intense on me, my wife and my whole family. Don’t let it get you down!
Stay strong and love every minute of this wonderful gift of life. Remember to tell the people who you care about that you love them.
Good Luck in your fight.

17. Blake Powers - December 30, 2012

Good Job Bad Robot.

18. For Everything That It's Worth - December 30, 2012

I do believe that Mr. Abrams just became my favorite living filmmaker.

19. The Original Spock's Brain - December 30, 2012

Thanks for the update, AP.

20. MJ - December 30, 2012

A W E S O M E ! ! !

21. Bill Peters - December 30, 2012

Very AWESOME, They are giving Star Trek such a good name!

22. AJ - December 30, 2012

This is wonderful news, and I can only wish Daniel my best going forward as a fellow New York-based Trekker. Get well.

‘Star Trek,’ at its best, tends to risk razor-close contact with its fanbase, and it is pleasing to see that JJ and the team are not changing that, to the point of altering the ‘rules’ for one fan in need.

23. jesustrek - December 30, 2012

Wooow Good :)…hey anthony TrekMovie can cover up the news of the death of Gerry Anderson, creator of ‘Thunderirds’,’Ufo’ and ‘Space 1999’…. if you please.


Love you Gerry Anderson,thanks for your talent and creativity in the service of television’m the generation that grew up and enjoy their work.

24. Dean-O - December 30, 2012

What a wonderful gift and a beautiful story!

25. Mole At Midnight - December 31, 2012

Beautiful story; shame that our political leaders are unable to display the same amount of compassion to others.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and peaceful 2013

26. Doctor Bono - December 31, 2012

This is a really moving story and I’m so glad this could happen. Tears in my eyes reading about this. My thoughts and prayers go out to Daniel and his family and respect to JJ for making it happen. All best wishes to all concerned and everyone else for 2013.

27. Gold_Coast_Rob - December 31, 2012

Wow! With all the s*&t in the world at the moment, this made me feel so human. Thanks JJ for helping this gent and for going someway to restoring my faith in humanity!

28. Jim Nightshade - December 31, 2012

Kudos again to jj and all involved n anthony too….glad the family enjoyed the preview….makes me think of british naval dude and captain dave…..as carl sagan said we are all made of star stuff….we will all be returning to that star stuff someday….try to love and enjoy what life u have everyday….and the beatles were right…all u need is love….thanx for the love n giving jj…we owe ya…

29. Aurore - December 31, 2012

A magnificent gesture.

Thank you, Mr. Abrams.

30. P Technobabble - December 31, 2012

While random acts of kindness are nice, deliberate acts of kindness are even better.

31. Smike - December 31, 2012

Incredibly moving story… Thanks JJ and BadRobot for caring so much about the fans… This is what made Star Trek special back in the old days…and JJ got it right. ..

32. Rob Beckman - December 31, 2012

I don’t think bringing up religion is a good idea here boys. Leads to bad discussions and flame wars. Lighten up, its a movie.

33. John - December 31, 2012

Excuse me I have something in my eye.

34. crazydaystrom - December 31, 2012

I’ve said it with joy. I’ve said it solemnly. I’ve even said it facetiously. But now with prideful conviction I say again-

Start Trek! The gift that keeps giving!


35. James T. West - December 31, 2012

love it

36. drumvan - December 31, 2012

J.j. you just earned your pay for the week. Well done.

37. RichardNJ - December 31, 2012

Rarely do you hear of these kinds of stories. The world has been in such a turmoil, but to hear that any filmmaker or studio would go so far as to allow a person to see a rough cut of a movie as a gesture of kindness is amazing. It goes to show how much we as humans can have the capacity for compassion.

JJ, Bad Robot, Paramount, CBS, and everyone involved in Star Trek Into Darkness, you have given us the gift of hope and kindness.

Daniel and family, my thoughts go out to you, as I wish the cancer were not terminal, but I am glad to see that you were given this gift. May whatever time you have left grant you mercy and joy.

38. Sterjulie - December 31, 2012

So proud of JJ et al. for doing this. You, sir, are a class act.

Daniel, I am sending supporting thoughts to you and your family at this difficult time.

39. Rico - December 31, 2012

Wow! That is just an awesome message. Our hearts are with you and your family Daniel. Thanks JJ & Co.

40. Elias Javalis - December 31, 2012

My thoughts with you…

41. Clinton - December 31, 2012

My thoughts also go out to Daniel, his family and friends. (and well done, JJ and all)

42. BeyondtheTech - December 31, 2012

Godspeed, Daniel. For a ‘Bad Robot,’ you did good.

43. ados - December 31, 2012

Classy…very classy

44. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 31, 2012

Get better, Daniel!

I know you will you sly devil!

45. Jerry Seward - December 31, 2012

Truly FAN-tastic! Thanks to JJ and Company for giving this gift to Daniel. So touching and I will definitely be supporting this film.

46. Emperor Mike of the Empire - December 31, 2012

J.J and Bob Orci and the Court. You Guy’s Rock!!!. What you did for that Family is such a wonderful thing. I truly wish Daniiel and his Family all the best and hope that you all Live Long and Prosper.

47. Moputo Jones - December 31, 2012

I’m not one of JJ’s biggest fans, but this is a wonderful gesture that I’m sure means so much to “Daniel.” If I were on my deathbed, there would nothing more that I would want to do than see an unreleased ST movie (other than be with my wife and kids, of course). Great story!

48. Baxter - December 31, 2012

Pretty darn cool if I do say so myself.

49. John Bigbootee - December 31, 2012

Bad Robot helped Daniel beat his Kobyashi Maru (no win scenario) via compassion.

Thanks for this renewal in hope for our little race.

Daniel & family, our thoughts & hopes are with you!

50. Lt.LanaShelby - December 31, 2012

This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

51. msn1701 - December 31, 2012

Wow! Good for you, JJ! <3 I'd bet GR would be proud too! Bless you, Daniel and fam.

52. USS EXETER - December 31, 2012

Great Story

53. Mark Lynch - December 31, 2012

Sometimes things happen that restore my faith in Humanity a little bit. This was one of them.

54. Dr. Image - December 31, 2012

Maybe there’s hope for us after all…

55. Selek - December 31, 2012

What a wonderful thing that JJ Abrams and Bad Robot did. He should be commended. And I’m glad to hear that Daniel and family enjoyed the movie so much as well. Great to hear!

56. Pensive's Wetness - December 31, 2012

I guess the point is, you can’t save everyone, but it still helps when you try to save or help SOMEONE at least. *looks down at his future step-son* indeed…

57. Aix - December 31, 2012

This is why people in the industry love JJ to bits. More power to him, Bryan Burk and everyone in Bad Robot.

58. Mark Lynch - December 31, 2012

You won’t hear any complaints from me about this film, even if I don’t like it one little bit.

The fact that the team at Bad Robot have done this for one person, stands them head and shoulders above most anyone else in the industry.

Nicely done guys.

59. Gilberto - December 31, 2012

Good robot! Good robot!
Daniel, God bless you and your loving family. You’re truly blessed for having so many people care so much about you.
Happy New Year Pascale, Trek Movie contributors, posters, and everybody connected with Star Trek. May 2013 truly be “the best of times”.

60. Dee - lvs moon' surface - December 31, 2012

Awesome, that’s it!

;-) :-)

61. Sebastian S. - December 31, 2012

My thoughts are with Daniel and his loved ones.

This is one of those times I’m really proud to be a Trekkie. Thank you, Bad Robot team! This was truly an “Errand Of Mercy” to a real fan….

62. ScottMcC - December 31, 2012

Anthony thanks for the update. Total respect to JJ and the crew for their response and my continued hopes and best wishes to Daniel and his family.

63. HarryDog - December 31, 2012

Tremendous that they did this for Daniel & his family. Restores my faith in humanity

64. CaptainDonovin - December 31, 2012

Awesome story, very classy for Bad Robot & Paramount to get this done.

65. MikeTen - December 31, 2012

This really is in the spirit of Star Trek showing humans working together and having a bright and positive future.
After horrible things happening like Aurora and Sandy Hook it’s good to see positive things done for people with nothing wanted in return.

66. Min Gnol - December 31, 2012

To JJ and Bad Robot: First class, first class. Hats off to you all!!!

67. windelkin - December 31, 2012

Gosh, what a great thing to read about! I can’t say it any better than the previous commenters but, JJ and surely many others involved really scored points with me. This totally makes up for all the lens flares! And when those closing credits roll, rather than rushing out of the theater, I’ll be praising everyone of you who worked to make this tremendous good deed happen as soon as you did. My sympathies go to Daniel and his wonderful wife. Rest knowing that you gave this large(sometimes dysfunctional) family of Trekkers a gift as well: a common cause, a higher purpose, a chance to pull together, at least in spirit, and reach out to you. We are your friends, always…

68. Optimistic Doodle - December 31, 2012

Maybe an idea for Trekmovie to repost an article about this just before they officially release the movie, in a couple of months?

69. denny cranium - December 31, 2012

well done all around!

70. Commander Adams - December 31, 2012

Awesome! I am so glad this went through and was not denied by the executives or some big wig. Hats off to JJ, Bad Robot, Paramount, and anyone else involved, it truly is a gesture from the heart and one of extreme moral empathy. It’s nice to see that compassion – not the almighty dollar – is still the root of who we are.

71. Douglas - December 31, 2012

Thanks for the update on this story. It’s great to end the year with a story of such compassion.

72. BeyondtheTech - December 31, 2012

The only thing that would top this off would be a great send-off in the credits for Daniel (and TrekMovie!)

I’ve never met Daniel, and I’ve never met Randy Pausch (though I bought his DVD), but I will take pride in knowing they’re intricately tied to the production team and the production of both movies.

73. TDM - December 31, 2012

This shows the best spirit of humanity all round – god bless Daniel and all family & friends. RESPECT to Paramount, badrobot, JJ and crew.

74. Gary Neumann - December 31, 2012

This is so wonderful! Happy New Year to everyone!

75. Peter N - December 31, 2012

A wonderful and uplifting story. We may not all agree with what the “Supreme Court” does/has done to Star Trek, but I know that all Star Trek fans can applaud them for what they have done with Star Trek on this occasion.

76. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 31, 2012

The only thing that could be better is if “Daniel” could write a review today, and present it to us here at TrekMovie at the end of May when the movie premieres fro the rest of us.

Start writing (or dictating, if your not feeling well enogh) today!
Please make sure we get your fresh thoughts on the movie, Daniel.

Feel better!!!

77. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 31, 2012

72. BeyondtheTech

I think both our ideas would be stellar!

78. George - December 31, 2012

I’m glad to see that human compassion has not gone away. As most of on here know Star Trek has been a way of life for us and I think that Gene Roddenberry is looking down on us today and saying that his message has not been forgotten.

Thank you

79. Jeff O'Connor - December 31, 2012

Wonderful. Just wonderful. :)

80. Yanks - December 31, 2012

Mr Abrams and all that made this happen, good on ya.

A wonderful gesture that was obviously not only appreciated by this young man that has drawn the short straw in life and his family but by all trek fans.

This trekkie thanks you.

81. Basement Blogger - December 31, 2012

Bravo Paramount, Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams. It’s another example of how those in the Star Trek world help those in the real world. Star Trek has inspired scientists. If you’ve seen Argo, there’s a portrayal of real life Hollywood veteran John Chambers. He helped the CIA get American diplomats out of Iran during the hostage crisis. And Chambers also created the ears for Spock. Star Trek makes a difference.

God bless all those involved.

82. Steve T. in NY - December 31, 2012

All I can say is Wonderful! JJ Abrams.. you are an incredible filmmaker and I am so proud that you have carried on the giving tradition of so many of us fans out here.. and gave the ultimate wish for this man. Thank you .. from another New York Star Trek Fan!!

83. CmdrR - December 31, 2012

Nicely done.
Good to know someone so busy (and successful) as JJ can think of us… one fan at a time.
Best to Daniel and his wife and family!

84. Well Of Souls - December 31, 2012

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone, Trekkie or not. Great update & Best wishes to Daniel & his family.

85. JimJ - December 31, 2012

Awesome story, it’s gonna be an awesome movie, and 2013 will be awesome! Thanks JJ & Co. for making me proud to have been/continue to be a huge fan of what you are doing!!!!!!!!!

86. Matias 47 - December 31, 2012

“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)”

Like many of you out there, I can relate to the truth of that statement. What a wonderful gift.

87. Dom - December 31, 2012

Lovely news. Happy New Year to Daniel and everyone here on TrekMovie.com. x

88. Great Bird of the Galaxy is nothing compared to JJ - December 31, 2012

He would have liked it that way. He said so himself that he hope someone would come along someday and take Trek to a new level.

89. Adam Bomb 1701 - December 31, 2012

This was a great gesture for a dying fan. Trek history is full of the producers bending over backwards. In his book “Chekov’s Enterprise”, Walter Koenig related a story of a dying fan who received a tour of the sets of “The Motion Picture.” Koenig wrote that the fan would not live to see “TMP”, and would probably not see 1979. Geordi La Forge was named after a fan named George La Forge, who had (IIRC) ALS. I hope that Daniel gets to see the finished picture in May. Happy New Year to all of you, and may God bless.

90. Flaming Nacelles Forever - December 31, 2012

A touching beautiful gesture, and a warming response from the community as well. There is good in the world ;)

91. John Ramirez - December 31, 2012

JJ keeps Gene’s dream alive about lifting the human spirit up. Thank you for letting a fellow TEKKIE LIVE LONG AND PROSPER, JJ.

92. Romulus - December 31, 2012

A touching and poignant story …Thanks for sharing it Anthony.

93. Gary S. - December 31, 2012

To Daniel and his family,
Thanks for sharing that with us.
As Uhura said in the Search For Spock,
All My Hopes.

94. marja - January 1, 2013

To Daniel & family: Live prospering in love. Glad you got a show of love from Star Trek’s team.

And to Team JJ Trek: Handsomely done, gentlebeings.

95. Troi's bar of soap - January 1, 2013

yeah… we need more of that in the world, thanks JJ from the Trek multiverse!

96. DwaynePrime - January 1, 2013

This is great and all, but it’s not what I want to see each time I come to this site for Trek news…. I’ll be glad when more news pushes this story to the bottom of the page….

97. Gary S. - January 1, 2013

There was one story and a followup a few days later .
This story isnt dominating the site at all.

98. CZN - January 1, 2013

Yes there is a space in this website for special fans like Mr. Danial and when we get Star trek news to get also with it at the same time a story of true love like this one makes it even more relevant to be a Star Trek fan and Paramount, Bad Robot and Mr. JJA prove that they understand ST very well indeed with such actions, BRAVO!

From Puerto Rico, Gracias Mr. JJ Abrams

99. CZN - January 1, 2013

It’s Daniel not Danial

100. McMannes - January 1, 2013

There are ALWAYS possibilities…. Hope.

101. Gary Neumann - caracas ven - free of chvz - January 1, 2013

God bless Daniel

102. Ctrl-Opt-Del - January 1, 2013

Much respect to all at Paramount & Bad Robot who made this happen.

103. Shat-a-tat-tat - January 1, 2013

Daniel, I thank you and your wife for your story. You are truly a blessed man, not for having seen the movie, but being surrounded by people who love and support you. I truly hope to meet you one day on the other side. God bless you.

To JJ and Bad Robot, kudos! A most brilliant gesture. The hearts you have are evident in your work & what you did for Daniel. I am always uplifted to see that true humanity still exists.

104. Ken - January 1, 2013

What a nice, classy thing to do.

105. Erika Y. Figueroa - January 1, 2013

What a great story.

A commenter on another site suggested that another ‘movement’ be initiated calling it “Buying An Extra Ticket for Dan” campaign. The ‘Buy An Extra Ticket for Dan’ campaign would be in honor & support of Dan as well as a nod of gratitude to Paramount & Bad Robot for doing this.

Give the ticket to someone who may not otherwise be able to attend. Especially in this economy where there are many Trekkies/Trekkers who may not be able to afford such a non-essential expense.

It is obvious by the letter, that neither Dan nor his family wanted to be the center of attention and I’m not sure how they would feel about such a movement, but it warmed my the cackles of this cynical old lady’s heart to see Trekkies and Trekkers wanting to respond to this by ‘paying it forward’.

I love Star Trek, what it should represent and the fans who exemplifies those ideals.

E.Y. Figueroa
Carolina Alliance of Star Trek Fans

106. Harry Ballz - January 1, 2013

@105 “this cynical old lady’s heart”

Nice thought, Erika.

I’m 57. Tell me, what do you consider old?

(notice I’m not asking your age directly, being a gentleman and all) :>)

107. Jeffrey R. Plum - January 1, 2013

The spirit of Star Trek! :)

108. Harry Ballz - January 1, 2013


one more thing….one of my favorite spots in South Carolina is Pawley’s Island. Spent a week there about 10 years ago. Lovely place, lovely people.

109. pyroboy - January 1, 2013

96 Dwayne you had better get a grip on your self. One of these day you might be in need of friends. This type of story does not happen very ofter here at trekmovie. Please let these people have there time. Thank you.

110. Debbie Renner - January 1, 2013

ST has always been a continuing inspiration to me, as an author and as a girl growing up and seeing the early series on our first colour tv in mid seventies (New Zealand). What a brilliant, touching story. To the Trek team: you rock!

111. Crone - January 1, 2013

@105 @106. 61 here, I love ancient Trekkies. And yes, it is a lovely story.

112. gingerly - January 1, 2013

And this was the part that got me:

“…we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY”


113. Harry Ballz - January 1, 2013


Crone, it’s only because you admitted to being 61 that I’ll let you get away with that “ancient” crack!


114. Basement Blogger - January 1, 2013


115. Pegasus - January 1, 2013

It’s wonderful to see this. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone, and a huge pat on the back to the generosity of Paramount and JJ and co.

Many years ago, I had a great friend who bought all the Star Trek VHS tapes and watched them over and over again … sadly, while in hospital, dying of bone marrow cancer, lukemia. He was young. Doctors said he had 2 months or so to live. Even so, I remember he made it through and was barely into his teens, when his VHS tapes from the TOS movies started to knot up and get all scratchy. His brother wrote a letter to Paramount back then, asking for a replacement for a new copy of the ST III VHS _only_. It was the very favorite of my friend.

Anyway, I’ll tell you what. Paramount sent him a box set of all the movies (at that time, up to Insurrection) including the Special Edition’s of ST 1, 2 and 3.

This story here is wonderful, but it is certainly not the first time Paramout has shown this kind of love and care to people. I will forever be a supporter of Paramount’s.

116. Pegasus - January 1, 2013

DVD box set.

117. Kev - January 1, 2013

isnt this the second time something along the lines of this has happened? I seem to remember this happening with the first film just 4 years ago.

jesus 09′ really was 4 years ago wasnt it?

but regardless of the fact that I have mixed personal feelings about the new trek, the writing of the first film and the choices made with the design of the enterprise (it just looks highly unbalanced compared to the old one, and out of whack, namely from the intro scene, if it wasnt for that I could get over it)

I am glad they did this and reached out to him, its compassion that makes us human after all.

and I hope he beats his terminal illness and lives long and well (crazier things have happened) but regardless of that this is a great gesture by the creators of trek here.

118. Charla - January 1, 2013

A good way to end the year and begin a new one, with kindness and compassion for others. Thanks JJ, et.al. for making this year and the next a happy one for so many people (not just this well deserved family but the rest of us too) in a much different way than expected. Just awesome.

Thanks for sharing this story Anthony. Thoughts and prayers with Daniel and his family also. Hoping he knows there are many people who are thinking of him and his family during this difficult time.

119. VOODOO - January 2, 2013

Classy move guys!

Makes it that much easier to support the film and the team behind it who clearly have their priorities straight.

Also, best wishes to Daniel and his family.

120. Well Of Souls - January 2, 2013

Happy New Year. By clicking my name you should be able to see the new Trek poster just released.

121. Well Of Souls - January 2, 2013

The latest issue of Empire Magazine, featuring Star Trek Into Darkness, and out in the US, contains this new description of the movie’s plot premise:
With Earth under terrorist attack from Benedict Cumberbatch’s ex-Starfleet employee John Harrison, Kirk is this time forced into a rash decision that breaks a critical Starfleet command, puts his crew in danger & costs him his captain’s chair. Now out of uniform and dressed down in space civvies of black leather jackets and boots, our three heroes have separated from the Enterprise and headed off on a mission to try and rectify his mistake…

122. Well Of Souls - January 2, 2013

Part 2 of the new take on the Mirror Universe is released today in the form of Star Trek Ongoing 16 Comic Book

123. LongIslandTrekster - January 2, 2013

That was one hell of a class move Mr. Abrams! You have reaffirmed my dedication to all incarnations of Star Trek. I defy anyone to recount anything similar happening for a fan from any other television or movie project.

Daniel… All of my best wishes to you and your entire family.

124. aligee in Scotland - January 2, 2013

lovely to read – and best wishes to Daniel and his family

125. Yanks - January 2, 2013

@ 96. DwaynePrime – January 1, 2013
This is great and all, but it’s not what I want to see each time I come to this site for Trek news…. I’ll be glad when more news pushes this story to the bottom of the page….
Are you frellin kidding me?

There is a Sheppard Book (Firefly) quote for you…

126. Sunfell - January 2, 2013

I will buy an extra ticket for Daniel. And I have nothing but praise and love for the folks at Paramount, Bad Robot, and online who made this happen.

127. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - January 2, 2013

This is why I will always be a Star Trek and a JJ Abrams fan. Warp speed Daniel. May the stars be ever at your face and the wind at your back.

128. Harry Dog - January 2, 2013

Made the press over here in UK


129. Pizza - January 3, 2013

Amazing testament of love for a human being.

Thoughts and prayers be with you Daniel.

130. And so shall it be... - January 3, 2013

Faith in humanity +1

131. Jim Nightshade - January 4, 2013

Harry Erika n other oldie trek fans….57 here too….old people rule ….hah

132. Trek Tech - January 4, 2013

OK, I am admittedly not a big fan of the JJVerse or of Abrams handling of the franchise. That being said I am now a fan of Abrams the human being. Even if Im not sure that the new Trek is an accurate reflection of Roddenberrys vision this act of humanity and compassion most definitely is. Kudos to JJ and the folks that made this happen because THIS is what Trek is about. Well done.

133. m.c. beage - January 4, 2013

Im so amazed at the heart abrams has. J.J., keep up the amazing work and even if trek 09 didn’t win you every trek fans respect, this selfless act of kindness certainly did. I cant wait for the next film. My thoughts go out to Daniel, And his well spoken wife. Happy new year everyone!!!

134. Rebecca - January 5, 2013

Thanks to Mr. Abrams for doing this for Daniel. A truly kind and generous gift.

135. captain spock - January 5, 2013

according to comming soon daniel craft the die-ing fan who seen the star trek:into darkness passed away last night , i sent my condonence to his family

136. Trek Tech - January 5, 2013

Rest in Peace, Daniel. Thank you, JJ, for sending him on with a smile in his heart.

137. Khan 2.0 - January 5, 2013

oh man….at least he saw STID before it was time (imagine seeing it a full 5 months before anyone else!…knowing who Harrison really is – if Khan is in it or not, who dies, cameos/easter egg things etc etc )

a seriously nice and wonderful gesture totally what star trek is all about. i could imagine Jim Kirk granting a dying guest star of the week a last wish like that…

138. Classy M - January 5, 2013

So very sorry to hear of the death of Daniel Craft last night. Glad Star Trek in the form of JJ Abrams was able to give him some joy before the end.


139. Mr. Zoom - January 5, 2013

Confirmed from Deadline.com, Daniel died last night. http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/ailing-star-trek-fan-who-got-to-see-into-darkness-dies/

140. Basement Blogger - January 5, 2013

Rest in peace, Daniel. We’ll see you in the next dimension.

141. thorsten - January 6, 2013

German news magazine Der Spiegel wrote today:
J. J. Abrams, 46, amerikanischer Regis- seur, ermöglichte einem todkranken Mann eine Privatvorführung seines neuen Films „Star Trek Into Dark- ness“, der erst Mitte Mai in den Kinos anläuft. Die Ehefrau des 41-jährigen Fans der Science-Fiction-Reihe hatte auf der Website Reddit geschrieben, ihr Mann leide seit Jahren an Krebs und werde voraussichtlich nur noch we- nige Wochen leben. Der Versuch, wenigstens den etwa neunminütigen Trailer des neuen „Star Trek“-Films zu sehen, sei gescheitert. In ihrem Eintrag bat sie um Hilfe – und bekam daraufhin einen Anruf von Abrams. Nach dem exklusiven Kino-Erlebnis teilte die Frau des Kranken auf Reddit mit, dass beide es „sehr genossen“ hätten.

142. JP - January 6, 2013

My heart goes out to this family and my condolences as well. I lost my mother new years day early in the morning. My mother got me interested in Star Trek 30 years ago. Our favorite to this day is TWOK. She would have loved to see this new movie. I will be looking forward to it and. I am glad Daniel got to see it and my eternal thanks continue to pour out to JJ Abrahms Bad Robot and Paramount for this monumental feat and wonderful gift of generosity and creativity on demonstrating that the human adventure is beginning

143. Emperor Mike of the Empire - January 6, 2013

Daniel. You will will be remembered with Honor!!!!.

144. john - January 7, 2013

Well done to JJ, I was really touched by this generosity and saddened by the fan’s death. R.I.P

145. Mark Lynch - January 7, 2013

Sad that he is gone, but I am pleased that he got this particular wish fulfilled.

JJ and his team should take some satisfaction from being able to help one person so much with so little…

146. rm10019 - January 7, 2013

All my best to his family and may the wind be at his back. From our Trek family to his.

147. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun - January 7, 2013

Is there anyway to put a dedication to him in the credits? “In memory of…” or something to that effect? Good job to JJ and company for making this happen. The article I read said Daniel went to bed after watching the movie and never got out again. So sad.

148. Mel - January 9, 2013


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