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Paramount screen 'Into Darkness' for terminally ill Star Trek fan


Private screening held

Paramount, Bad Robot and J.J Abrams quickly arranged a special screening of 'Star Trek : Into Darkness' on Sunday for Dan, a 41 year-old terminally ill Star Trek fan.

News broke last week that J.J Abrams had called Dan's wife to confirm that he was getting the film together to show it to him. Dan's big desire was to see "Star Trek : Into Darkness" before he passed away. That dream became a reality last night. Confirmed just a few hours ago via Trek Movie, Paramount and Bad Robot got a rough cut of the movie together for Dan to watch. His wife has issued a heart warming statement about the private screening.

"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….."

With the movie months away from completion, Dan was given a 'world premiere' that audiences will likely never see, as the film is currently in post-production. The version Dan saw Sunday night will likely differ from the actual release in May 2013.

Despite this fact, Dan has been able to appreciate the new film and the vision of J.J Abrams before anyone else. This is the best gift a star Trek fan could wish for. Thanks to everyone that made this happen and have a happy 2013!

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