Two weeks ago, the story of Daniel Craft, a terminally ill Star Trek fan whose last wish was to see J.J. Abrams' upcoming film, gained traction on Reddit and spread quickly through the media. Craft — a huge movie fan and co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival — had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, and was too sick to see the beginning of Star Trek Into Darkness that preceded IMAX showings of The Hobbit. After the disappointment, Craft's friends began posting on Reddit, hoping to get him access to the nine-minute preview or, even better, the entire film.
Soon after, Craft's wife received a call from director J.J. Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof, who said that someone would be in touch. One of the film's producers hand-delivered a DVD containing a very rough cut of the film, which Craft was allowed to watch after signing a non-disclosure agreement. Friend Grady Hendrix wrote that Craft "had a blast" in a follow-up post on Reddit, "the movie did exactly what movies are supposed to do, it helped him forget about his problems for a couple of hours." Craft went back to bed after watching the film, Hendrix writes, and passed away just days later in the company of his wife and brother.
my heart is with the family of dan craft. "may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) January 6, 2013