Terminally Ill Fan Who Was Granted Last Wish to see Star Trek: Into Darkness Has Died
Posted on January 6, 2013
A long time Star Trek and film fan, Daniel Craft, had one last wish as he was dying of leukemia: he wanted to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. Friends and family took it upon themselves to post on Reddit, mentioning Dan's wish to see the film. One thing led to another and eventually J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof called Craft and his wife Paige and left a very nice voice mail. They told them that a producer would be in touch.
Craft's friend Grady Hendrix posted on Reddit that things moved quickly after that: "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."
Hendrix told The Hollywood Reporter, "J.J. Abrams and the producer who came to give them the early cut told Paige and Dan, 'Please don't judge this -- it's very rough, but we wanted you to see what we had... Of course, he loved the film. It was the last thing he got to do before he passed away."
Craft died later in the week while in hospice care. He was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, and worked at MTV for his day job. He was 41.