The owner of the Transit Drive-In Theaters in Lockport, New York took to Facebook to share a message and wish of a close friend. His friend, George, is dying of terminal cancer, but before he departs to the next world he wants to see the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters before it’s release date of May 31st of this year.
“I have a close friend who has been fighting kidney cancer for the past two years. He was just admitted into the ICU at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo over the weekend. I went to see him on Monday and Tuesday this week, and both times the first words out of his mouth to me were, “King of Monsters.”
George is a huge Godzilla: King of the Monsters fan, and he knows his time is short, and he will not be around when the movie is released in May. He knows I own the drive-in, so he is asking me if there is anything I can do. I promised him I would try. This is his dying wish, and he does not have much time left.
George is on oxygen, since the cancer has spread to his lungs, and is inoperable. He only has a few days left, maybe a week or two. I know this effort is a longshot, and I told him that since the movie is still three months away, the studio may be unwilling or unable to show an unfinished product. The North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo is close to Roswell Park, and has agreed to screen the movie for George privately during their off hours, if we can get permission from the studio.
I am not a big shot in the movie business, but I know some people who know some people, so I’ve taken steps to get the request to the right eyes and ears of people at the distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the producers, Legendary Pictures. George would like to hear Godzilla roar one more time before he is gone. Let’s try to make that happen.
Campaigns such as these aren’t unheard of. Alexander Q took to Reddit to talk about his fear of not living past April and the release of Avengers: Endgame. Users from Reddit helped to get his story out and it was a success. Hhe was able to get an early screening of Avengers: Endgame.
But it doesn’t stop with screenings.
Last March Fox News host and journalist Shannon Bream took to Twitter to ask for some help. Her request was for one of the Avengers to pay a visit to a young terminal patient. And they answered the call.
Star Trek veteran William Shatner also made one boy’s wish come true when he sent Maddox Hyde a Holiday Card after the young boy asked to receive Christmas cards from near and far.
Can the same happen again? Do you think Warner Bros. and Legendary give George the opportunity to see Godzilla: King Of The Monsters?
Directed by Mike Doughtery, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chanlder, and includes Charles Dance. The film comes out on May 31st.