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J.J. Abrams: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' screening for dying fan

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In a story guaranteed to melt your cynical geek heart, J.J. Abrams has given a very special screening of his impending reboot-sequel Star Trek Into Darkness to a single Star Trek fan. As initially reported on CNET, it all began last week when a Reddit user named “ideeyut” started a thread about his friend Daniel, who suffers from both leukemia and cancer and who has just weeks to live. A huge Star Trek fan, it seemed unlikely that Daniel would live long enough to see the new film.

But in a sci-fi twist straight out of an optimistic Gene Roddenberry utopia, the Reddit post somehow made its way to Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, who ultimately screened the unfinished film for Daniel and his wife. In a later post, Daniel’s wife explained, “We saw it and enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture…This is a story of us giving something to [Daniel], the ‘internet’ community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others.”

(Paramount did not respond to EW’s request for a comment.)

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