It seems like it might be a small request, but when you’re talking about one of the most anticipated releases from one of the most notoriously secretive directors around, it’s a big deal. Thankfully, Abrams has agreed to the deal and will be showing the movie off to the terminally ill man. The story first dropped on Reddit from Grady Hendrix.
Hendrix is a close friend of the patient as well as a writer for the New York Asian Film Festival. He posted this:
I just wanted to say that I know and work with Dan (the guy who’s dying) but I don’t know the OP. Dan’s been running the New York Asian Film Festival with me and a few other guys for years. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of all of this, I use my actual name as my Reddit name, and you can visit the NYAFF (New York Asian Film Festival) page on Facebook. If you still have doubts that are keeping you from helping, feel free to email me:[email protected]
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…I’ll never say anything bad about JJ Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I’m concerned.
Obviously we’re hoping Abrams will be showing off the full film, it’s still a really neat gesture, and shows that Hollywood isn’t filled with money-grabbing fiends. It’s sad though that this story isn’t designed to have a happy ending, but at least this fan will get his wish.