Dying Star Wars Fan Gets Private Force Awakens Screening - Update

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Dying Star Wars Fan Gets Private Force Awakens Screening - Update

Terminally ill Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood was given a private screening of an unedited version of The Force Awakens.

Update: We're sad to report that Daniel Fleetwood has passed away as a result of his illness. His wife, Ashley, posted the following to her Facebook page yesterday:

"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the Force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love."

Daniel's death has already resulted in an outpouring of support and condolences. Many individuals are also contributing to a GoFundMe campaign set up by Ashley to help cover the costs of his cancer treatment. It's already raised more than half of its 100,000 dollar goal.

Original Story: For many Star Wars fans, the weeks still left between now and the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have become almost unbearable. Even for the most hardcore however, it isn't a matter of life and death. The tragic exception to that rule is Daniel Fleetwood. Diagnosed in July with a rare form of cancer, doctors told him he had a mere two months left to live. While he would go on to defy their initial expectations, recent reports from his family have indicated that the cancer has continued to spread and that his time is running out. A huge Star Wars fan, it looked very much like he wouldn't make it to see the new film.

Hoping to rectify that, Fleetwood's family launched a Twitter campaign (#ForceForDaniel) to spread Daniel's story and hopefully convince Disney and Lucasfilm to let him see an early screening of the film. The campaign quickly gained momentum, eventually catching the attention of Force Awakens stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega, both of whom re-Tweeted the hashtag on their personal accounts. Catching wind of the situation Disney acquiesced and, earlier this week, Fleetwood received a phone call from director J.J. Abrams followed by a private screening of an unedited version of the film in his home. Fleetwood's wife Ashley shared the good news in a post on her Facebook page. "Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made [Daniel's] final dream come true," she said. "I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words. May the Force be with you all."

Just speaking personally, this is one of those things those things that restores my faith in humanity a little bit. Granted, I'm a huge sap for this sort of thing, but I still think Disney, Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams have earned some sincere kudos for their response to this. It might only be a small kindness in the grand scheme of things, but I'd be willing to bet that for Daniel Fleetwood it made a world of difference.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters next month on December 18th.

Source: Facebook

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Damn, that is a very awesome story, wish we saw more of this type of thing happen

I'm just glad it wasn't the Phantom Menace. That would be a horrible way to go.

But seriously, this is a sweet story.

Good on them all, I tip my hat to Disney, Abrams, Hamill and everyone that helped make this happen.
And I hope this helps make Daniels final days a bit easier.

I just heard about this the other day. I'm glad Disney came through on this. The company can be pretty mean sometimes, but other times they go above and beyond. This is one of those times. Glad Daniel's dream came true.

That is a really nice gesture. Glad that big corporations can have a soft side too.

May the force be with you.

When they make this into a movie I hope it is required to say: 'Based on a true story that was based on a movie' at the start...

Good for him. This story does sound very similar to the plot of that movie "Fanboys". I think that was its name. A dying fan and his friends travel to Lucas' ranch to try to convince him to let their friend see the Phantom Menace early.

I just watched a Hello Greedo video about this the other day. Good job internet :)

Something Amyss:
I'm just glad it wasn't the Phantom Menace. That would be a horrible way to go.

But seriously, this is a sweet story.

Who says it wasn't?

People went into that movie with very positive expectations as well. We won't truly know how Force Awakens holds up until we see it and let it sink in for awhile after the hype dies down.

To this day I still look at episode one fondly because of that initial theater experience. I recognize it's a terrible movie now but after walking out of the that first showing my friends and I were pumped. We clung on to the positive aspects of that film and what made it feel like a Star Wars movie which elevated the experience to something that felt GOOD at the time.

Am I the only one who, in Daniels position, would then immediately go online and ruin it for as many people as possible. Then hire a blimp or sky writer so I could fly around cities yelling spoilers over a megaphone?

Just have "Chewie Dies at the end" written across the skies of chicago.

piscian:
Am I the only one who, in Daniels position, would then immediately go online and ruin it for as many people as possible. Then hire a blimp or sky writer so I could fly around cities yelling spoilers over a megaphone?

Just have "Chewie Dies at the end" written across the skies of chicago.

Yes because you're a horrible person and this is why we can't have nice things! Literal devil piscian

This reminds me of one of my aunts recently came down with cancer (We think they maybe caught it in time) that we visited. She's bit of an artist who enjoys making pieces of dogs and cats to sell at art auctions to help animal shelters. All while we were visiting she was pointing out her pieces and told us she planning to keep doing what she liked even as she was going through chemo.

It's amazing how what we love, from art to movies, can keep us going even in the face of possible death. I can only pray for this person and congratulate Disney on such an awesome move.

Aw warm tingles. He has the power to spoil, he must use it responsibly and only for the most deserving of people. Be wise, Samwise the brave....wait, no, wrong movie! Be forceful, young warrior...err...hang on, gimme a sec...

Do you think they'd ask for proof if I told them I was dying?

While I am bum down that he won't lived to see the rest of the new triliogy but I'm glad they requested his wish. I can assume the film is good enough for him to enjoyed it.

Something Amyss:
I'm just glad it wasn't the Phantom Menace. That would be a horrible way to go.

But seriously, this is a sweet story.

Phantom Menace probably gave him the cancer he's dying from now. Sweet story, but as best he's broken even.

babinro:

Who says it wasn't?

People went into that movie with very positive expectations as well. We won't truly know how Force Awakens holds up until we see it and let it sink in for awhile after the hype dies down.

To this day I still look at episode one fondly because of that initial theater experience. I recognize it's a terrible movie now but after walking out of the that first showing my friends and I were pumped. We clung on to the positive aspects of that film and what made it feel like a Star Wars movie which elevated the experience to something that felt GOOD at the time.

I have trouble believing this could be worse than TPM.

Elementary - Dear Watson:
When they make this into a movie I hope it is required to say: 'Based on a true story that was based on a movie' at the start...

haha, I was thinking the same thing. I was like "wait, I've seen this movie before... this is Fanboys!"

and i'm suddenly remembering that there was controversy surrounding that movie, that investors heavily changed the plot and things like that... I don't remember, this is back in the G4 days.

piscian:
Am I the only one who, in Daniels position, would then immediately go online and ruin it for as many people as possible. Then hire a blimp or sky writer so I could fly around cities yelling spoilers over a megaphone?

Just have "Chewie Dies at the end" written across the skies of chicago.

Yes because a terminally ill child can afford that...

But seriously no you're not the only one, there are always other dicks out there. When I was waiting in line to buy the 6th Harry Potter book someone drove by and shouted the ending. Fortunately I didn't hear it but still, there are always going to be dicks who like spoiling things for others.

Something Amyss:
I'm just glad it wasn't the Phantom Menace. That would be a horrible way to go.

But seriously, this is a sweet story.

I see what you did there. *thumbs up* Was thinking the same thing. We'll see how many get it. xD

Good on them. We should all get the opportunity to have our dying wish, within reason of course. I'm glad they did this for him.

Qizx:

piscian:
Am I the only one who, in Daniels position, would then immediately go online and ruin it for as many people as possible. Then hire a blimp or sky writer so I could fly around cities yelling spoilers over a megaphone?

Just have "Chewie Dies at the end" written across the skies of chicago.

Yes because a terminally ill child can afford that...

But seriously no you're not the only one, there are always other dicks out there. When I was waiting in line to buy the 6th Harry Potter book someone drove by and shouted the ending. Fortunately I didn't hear it but still, there are always going to be dicks who like spoiling things for others.

Pssh Im terminally ill I'm putting that shit on credit.

That's a sad, sweet story.

It won't make the loss any easier to bare, but it's a true kindness all the same and I'm sure it's valued and appreciated.

Something Amyss:
I'm just glad it wasn't the Phantom Menace. That would be a horrible way to go.

But seriously, this is a sweet story.

Hopefully it didn't end on a massive cliff hanger. That would really suck.

A bittersweet situation to say the least, but I'm glad Disney and J.J. were willing to make this happen.

piscian:
Am I the only one who, in Daniels position, would then immediately go online and ruin it for as many people as possible. Then hire a blimp or sky writer so I could fly around cities yelling spoilers over a megaphone?

Just have "Chewie Dies at the end" written across the skies of chicago.

I'd do that... but I'd lie.

"Oh, the Emperor survived and turned out to be the empress all along. Han Solo was dead the whole time and can only be seen by the black stormtrooper. The Darth Jar Jar theory turned out to be 100% true and the whole franchise has been a dream being had by a little kid from Modesto California after binge-ing on old space operas"

OT: I remember Disney doing the same with the movie UP so it's always nice when they live up to being the most magical place. And the extra PR is a nice little bonus.

That was a nice thing for them to have done.

Anyone ever seen Fanboys? Because this is straight up the ending to that movie.

Well, it may be even worse the ep 2 and he would die in severe disappointment :(

I was saddened to hear of the passing of this young man, so close to my own age. I can imagine in that situation what he could have felt... I was close to death once, thought it was going to really come and I was so sad I couldn't get to see some of the rumblings of games and movies I'd been reading about at the time. I'm lucky, so damn lucky to be here and I am so damn sad that this young man passed away. But there seems to be some beauty, some reason to smile amongst a tragedy such as this. I just imagine he was as at peace as he could be, and was able to experience the movie, however unfinished.

Chester Rabbit:
Anyone ever seen Fanboys? Because this is straight up the ending to that movie.

I've been thinking this absolutely as soon as I heard he passed. So damn sad and strangely poetic as life imitated art in such a true form...

Something Amyss:

babinro:

Who says it wasn't?

People went into that movie with very positive expectations as well. We won't truly know how Force Awakens holds up until we see it and let it sink in for awhile after the hype dies down.

To this day I still look at episode one fondly because of that initial theater experience. I recognize it's a terrible movie now but after walking out of the that first showing my friends and I were pumped. We clung on to the positive aspects of that film and what made it feel like a Star Wars movie which elevated the experience to something that felt GOOD at the time.

I have trouble believing this could be worse than TPM.

Kind of weird how this is one of the very few beloved franchises that we were actually happy to see get taken away from the control of its creator.

Rest in peace, Daniel... And don't you worry up there with the Force because we will all finish what you started by watching The Force Awakens and telling others how the movie was to everyone else...

Other than that, he must of had such a nice dream that night... A dream not long ago in a galaxy more closer than you'll ever imagine...

Is that $100K medical bill for real? I know health care system here is fucked but my goodness.

Although this story ended on a happier note but leaving a wife alone with that amount of medical bill is just horrible.

If I happen to get a cancer, I'll just take a bullet to the head please.

This is getting really really weird, this is EXACTLY like what happened for to Star Trek Into Darkness dying fan Daniel Craft, he died right after his pre-screening.

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