One fan has reportedly gone where (almost) no man has gone before and was granted to opportunity to watch "Star Trek Into Darkness" more than five months before its release date, according to his friends and family.
Reddit user ideeyut wrote on the website that his friend Dan was terminally ill and his last wish was to see the newest "Star Trek" move, which is scheduled to be released May 17. Dan's wife gave ideeyut a note to post which explained that her husband had chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) -- a form of cancer that starts inside bone marrow and causes the production of irregular of white blood cells which become cancerous -- as well as another tumor that was attacking his liver.
"There is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is (sp) jaundice and his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live," the post read.
Dan's wife explained that they had tried to see the 10-minute "Star Trek Into Darkness" preview that was attached to some IMAX screenings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," but Dan needed to be hospitalized. They exchanged their tickets, but unfortunately, the new showing did not have the footage.
"We, his friends and family, the love of my life - WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie but even the 10 minutes of the trailer would be AMAZING," she wrote.
Redditors who read the post emailed and called Paramount Studios and production company Bad Robot, as well as trying to contact Abrams himself. On Dec. 31, ideeyut posted another note from Dan's wife saying that Abrams allowed Dan to watch an unfinished version of the film which they enjoyed "immensely as a film and as a gesture." She added that it was nice that she and her husband were able to share some good news with their friends and family, especially at a time where things to look forward to had been scarce for them. For her, the best was seeing her husband smile.
"However," she wrote, "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."
Requests for comment were not returned by Paramount and J.J. Abrams did not confirm the story at press time.