The rather vocal group of online J.J. Abrams haters might have a slight change of heart after reading what the fanboy director recently did to make one man’s dying wish come true.
It began nearly a week ago as a desperate plea for help on Reddit. One user, posting on behalf of cancer-stricken friend and his friend’s wife, put out a request to anyone who could help arrange a screening of the nine-minute prologue to “Star Trek Into Darkness” or the entire movie, if at all possible.
Word had circulated previously that a cut of the film did exist, so a screening wasn’t entirely out of the question, but even in extreme cases, movies like “Star Trek Into Darkness” are the most closely guarded.
However, three days after the original posting, the friend of the dying man gave an update. “Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from [my friend’s] wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know who it what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!”
Another user, who also knows the man, offered up additional details. “Thanks everyone, and a huge thanks to OP ideeyut for posting this. JJ Abrams just called Dan’s wife and left a message. He’s going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel.”
What say you now, J.J. haters? The man clearly cares a lot about his fans, and that is something we simply cannot feel cynical about.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 17, 2013.