JJ Abrams Grants Terminally Ill Star Trek Fan's Wish
Dying cancer sufferer given advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness...
A cancer-sufferer named only as "Dan" was the subject of an internet campaign by his friends to let him be allowed an advance screening of the film, which is due for release in May.
Dan is reported to have been hit by two forms of the killer disease and to have been given only weeks to live - so Abrams responded to the campaign by inviting Dan and his wife to a special screening of an unfinished version of the movie.
And Dan's wife took to Reddit afterwards to update everyone, writing: "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... Also, it was truly amazing that a filmmaker so secretive as JJ Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.
"It is also so wonderful for his friends and his family to finally hear some good news from us, they know how important [the] film is to Daniel and 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).
"We were so touched when [Abrams] was concerned that we wouldn't 100% enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on... Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!"
The sequel stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto - and is the follow-up to Abrams' successful 2009 re-boot of the franchise.