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UPDATED: JJ Abrams to grant a Trek fan’s dying Wish? Best story of the festive season. Fan saw movie before passing away.

January 6th, 2013 by Marc Comments

With Christmas just past, it seems there’s just not enough, well, humanity around. But it seems JJ Abrams is a man with good old fashion compassion…

The story,  goes that a terminally ill Star Trek fan’s final wish is to see Star Trek Into Darkness before he dies. Doctors believe that will be a matter of weeks and it’s very unlikely he’ll make the movie’s May 2013 release.

So, according to Screencrush, there’s a post going around Reddit from the friend and wife of the fan in question trying to convince JJ Abrams to let him see the movie before anyone else. The post, below, would seem to have been noticed by Abrams and the word is the fan will get his dying wish. And isn’t that just AWESOME?! We here at FTN know that movies are about money and secrecy, but dammit! This is a fan’s dying wish and every director, producer, star, artist or teaboy involved in these things should bend over backwards for such a request… and it looks like that’s just what happened.

The original post reads:

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ doesn’t hit theaters until May 17, 2013, but we think the plea below might just get this very special fan what he’s wishing for:

My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things….then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100′s of doctors visits…. he is my hero; I am his caregiver – I would do anything to help him…

…he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn’t that a f**ker?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue… they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live.

So what can you, we, all of us do? Spread the word! Share this article with your friends, e-mail it to your mom, tweet at @Bad_Robot on Twitter…anything you can do to help. And we’ll do our part, contacting Paramount Pictures to see what we can do. With any luck, our fellow ‘Trek’ fan will boldly go one last time.

Well, this was tweeted earlier today and it really fills us to the brim with warm feelings. Please do this JJ:


Terminally ill New York Asian Film Festival director Dan Craft got to see Star Trek Into Darkness after director JJ Abrams delivered a rough cut DVD to his home five months before the movie’s release.

One of the movie’s producers hand delivered the DVD to Dan’s home – made the family sign a non-disclosure agreement – and left them to watch in peace.

All reports are that Dan enjoyed the movie.

On Friday Dan was taken for hospice care where he died with his wife and brother by his side.

Our thoughts are with Dan and his family

…and as for Bad Robot and JJ Abrams, you did a good thing. We at FTN admire and salute you.

To Boldly Go…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….