Roger Avery, the Oscar-winning writer of Pulp Fiction (A common misconception is that Tarantino wrote the entire film solo. He did not.) has been sentenced to a year in jail and five years propation. Sentenced in Ventura on Tuesday the charges were pretty serious:
“Avery, 44, pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges stemming from the January 2008 collision that killed his Italian friend Andreas Zini and injured Avary’s wife. The crash occurred in the city of Ojai, 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.”
While best known for Pulp Fiction, Avery also wrote Silent Hill and the Robert Zemeckis’ version of Beowulf. No word yet on how this will impact his writing and directing duties on the film adaption of popular video game Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The film was set for a 2010 release but will probably be delayed unless the studio decides to bring someone in to replace Avery.
Either way, here’s hoping this incident doesn’t undermine Wolfenstein completely because that could be a great movie. We’ll be sure to have more information on Avery’s sentence and what this could mean for the film as it develops in the future.