A New York film aficionado’s dying wish to see the not-yet released Star Trek flick before he succumbed to terminal cancer came true thanks to J.J. Abrams.
The “Star Trek: Into Darkness” director gave Dan Craft and his wife, Paige, early access to the highly-anticipated film, which hits theaters in May, just days before Craft died at age 41.
“Of course, he loved the film,” family friend Grady Hendrix told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was the last thing he got to do before he passed away.”
Abrams got in touch with Craft, director of the New York Asian Film Festival, after a pal posted Paige’s request for an early screening for the avid Trekkie on Reddit.
“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,” Hendrix wrote in a follow-up on Reddit.
Producers arrived at Craft’s doorstep with the coveted rough cut the next day.
… After the credits rolled, Craft returned to his bed, where he remained until Paige took him to the hospital for hospice care Friday. He died the same day – just six weeks after he was diagnosed.