Daniel Craft, the “Star Trek” fan who hoped to see director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel before succumbing to terminal cancer, has died — but not before his wish came true.
Craft’s plea to see an early screening of “Star Trek Into Darkness” was heard all across the web when his wife and friends took to Reddit to make his story heard. It didn’t take long for Abrams, writer-producer Damon Lindelof and others to catch wind of Craft’s situation and make the proper arrangements.
“A day or so after the thread began, Paige, Dan’s wife, got a voicemail from JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof that was very nice and very straightforward: a producer for the movie would get in touch with them,” Craft’s friend Grady Hendrix explained, via The Hollywood Reporter. “The next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of ['Star Trek Into Darkness'] in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast.”
According to THR, Craft returned to bed rest after the screening, and never recovered; he passed away on Friday evening (January 5) with family at his side. Speaking briefly with Deadline.com, Abrams described Craft’s death as a “very sensitive” issue, and said that the fan’s wish to see the next “Star Trek” film was “unbelievably touching.”
Craft, a noted movie fan and MTV employee, was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. Hendrix told THR that Craft also tried his hand in acting, most famously appearing in “Kill Bill Vol. 1″ as “the bald white guy dancing on a dance floor.”
“Dan would be rolling his eyes at being ‘the inspirational cancer story,’ but he’s done a lot for movies over the years,” Hendrix said. “It’s nice that the movies finally did something for him.”