Wolfenstein movie director arrested following fatal crash

The Return to Castle Wolfenstein film's road to release took a tragic turn over the weekend, when its writer and director was involved in a fatal auto accident. The Los Angeles Times reports that Roger Avary, 42, was arrested following a crash early Sunday morning outside a lumberyard. As a...

The Return to Castle Wolfenstein film's road to release took a tragic turn over the weekend, when its writer and director was involved in a fatal auto accident. The Los Angeles Times reports that Roger Avary, 42, was arrested following a crash early Sunday morning outside a lumberyard. As a result of the accident, Avary's passenger, 34-year-old Andreas Zedini, was killed instantly while Avary's 40-year-old wife, Gretchen, was hurled from the back seat. She remains hospitalized with "serious" injuries.

According to a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Avary was booked at the Ventura County Jail before he was released on $50,000 bail. According to the Associated Press, he faces felony drunk driving and possibly manslaughter charges.

Sunday's crash marked dark chapter in Avary's bright career. He won an Academy Award in 1995 for cowriting the screenplay for Pulp Fiction, and most recently executive-produced and cowrote the script for Robert Zemeckis' computer-animated fantasy Beowulf. Games-wise, Avary also wrote the fairly well-received adaptation of Konami's Silent Hill series, directed by Christopher Gans. Return to Castle Wolfenstein had been set for a 2010 release following a delay stemming from the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

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Acurev
Acurev

@skunklauncher You are pathetic. You feel sorry for him? He was driving drunk. His wife almost died and his friend did. I say put a bullet in his head. He's worthless scum as are all other drunk drivers.

skunklauncher
skunklauncher

Everyone makes mistakes and he paid the ultimate price. Personally I feel sorry for the guy...and also would like to add that I can't stand the sort of people that say he deserves what he gets.

gixkaizer
gixkaizer

Drink driving ... Thats the dumbest thing you can do ...

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

So for all the children out there, what have you learned. If you make the choice to drink and drive, be prepared to face the results of your actions. The biggest victims are the passengers, but even Avary himself is a victim here. He will have to face the fact that his wreckless actions lead to the death of a friend, and he could have also possibly killed his own wife, at the least, hurt her severly. Remember, when you go out and party....get a DD or call a Taxi...

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

So for all the children out there, what have you learned. If you make the choice to drink and drive, be prepared to face the results of your actions. The biggest victims are the passengers, but even Avary himself is a victim here. He will have to face the fact that his wreckless actions lead to the death of a friend, and he could have also possibly killed his own wife, at the least, hurt her severly. Remember, when you go out and party....get a DD or call a Taxi...

X-RS
X-RS

never mind drinking and driving, the consumption of alcohol alone is stupid.

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

There is no excuse for drunk driving. This is just a fine example of how badly it always screws everything and everyone involved, up,

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

OK, about 155,000 people die PER DAY (I think), and as such, I'm really not going to give a damn about someone I never knew. It IS bad that someone died, but I'm really not all that concerned with it. Most of you should probably be more concered about the status of the movie. Unless you're the kind of person to make time to dish out the condolences to all the 155,000 people who die each day.

LexLas
LexLas

What ! What a dummy right when he is about to direct one of the only what could have been a great video game movie ! Dang !

FPSeXtreme
FPSeXtreme

Wow i dont even knew it gonna be a RTCW movie and the director died! Man my condolenses for that guy

Demmi_Argo
Demmi_Argo

Doesn't this seem semi-ironic? Seeing as how games are blamed for every ill in the world.

Cabal23
Cabal23

Darn, another Hollywood elite going down in flames. I feel only for the families of those involved due to this idiot's bad choices. I hope he sees jail time, but most likely not because he has money. A real shame.

Linken_brust
Linken_brust

Damn, that's bad. Pulp Fiction is one of my favourite movies, and RTCW one of my favourite PC games, so it would be an excellent movie. Let's just wait for whatever happens now.

Viryn_Sane
Viryn_Sane

Damn, I was really looking forward to this. God damn drunk!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

He didn't mean it! It was an accident! I'm sure he's very sorry. Just let him go and he probabaly never do it again.

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

My heart goes out to the family of the woman who died in this tragic and stupid accident. I say lock him up. I can't understand why drunk driving is on the rise in the past year. What shocks me more is that the posts on here are more concerned for the freaking Wolfenstein movie and if it still going to be made. Who cares in the wake of this sad news??

bardkieran
bardkieran

In related news, people who saw him at an earlier party said he was playing Grand Theft Auto 3 and listening to the Crash Test Dummies. ;p Damn you, video games and rock music!!

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

There is no excuse for DUI. Personally I think 1 beer is too much...seriously forget the legal limit if you are driving you just do not need to have that drink. or if you do you have other problems.

Simsyas
Simsyas

I had this avatar before the article, seriously.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Man, so he kille dhis passenger and critically injured his wife... If I were him and my wife died, i'd voluntarily walk into the jail cell because i'd already be dead inside.

redskinStu
redskinStu

My thoughts go out to him, his family and most importantly the victims and their families.

ro-co-to
ro-co-to

This dude will suffer more than any of our words can express, poor bastard, but he asked for it, I feel no anguish over his loss.

Solid_Devil
Solid_Devil

If it's true that he was drunk when he was driving, it means he is responsible for his friends death and his wife ending up in the hospital with serious injuries. So i can't say i feel sorry for him.

rpgisforme
rpgisforme

an innocent person is dead, another seriously injured and a bright career gone in an instant because he didn't want to pay for a cab, such a shame, why can't people just get the fact that you are not able to drive while intoxicated. What a waste.

HStakes7
HStakes7

Drinking enough to be drunk in the morning? Somethings wrong with this picture...

gr8jedimaster
gr8jedimaster

LOL, I can't believe some of you people are concerned about what happens to the Wolfie movie even after one person died and one is seriously injured and could die, too.

gr8jedimaster
gr8jedimaster

Good job, loser! When your wife is able to get up and walk, she should leave you. I just can't understand why people don't take a cab! X(

fanboy999
fanboy999

Drink but don't drive people. That is a great lesson to learn. Better than ending up dead or in jail. Tragic story all around.

Thrall-3-20
Thrall-3-20

I never knew this movie was even in the making. All of this guys games and movies I have never played. Though... this does suck. As a movie, it would be interesting. But man this is some messed up...

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Yeah, and people think that because alcohol is legal it's the safe drug. He will NEVER be the same. Who cares about the movie for Gods sake, someone DIED.

DFTricks
DFTricks

I sympati for the people in the car but defenitly not for the driver, stupid drunk drivers. You simply cant say im wrong on that case.

carrierj1
carrierj1

People should be more carefull when drinking and driving.

raze-boi
raze-boi

A drunken director and a bad movie. What else can I say?

brain20035
brain20035

never liked the game, don't know about the movie...

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez, you'd think people that rich would pay sober people to drive them around while the were wasted or coke up or whatever

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

'there is many jerk people in the comment, but i will not comment on that. my condolences, and i hope the wife would be okay.

Moosefrog
Moosefrog

If these celebs (Britney, Paris, Jack Bauer :) are the tip of an iceberg on the real amount of drunk drivers out there... Something's really wrong! I hope he gets what he deserves, too bad for the movie... Maybe he could hand it over to Uwe Boll! After a few beers I can't even play PGR properly let alone drive actual car... What's wrong with a taxi?

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

terriable accident but why drink and drive ?

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Maybe it saved us from another horrible movie based on a game!

123625
123625

Serves himself right.

PillsberyDoeMan
PillsberyDoeMan

i still dont get it.... why do people drive if they drink to the point where they cant focus?????

deathscythe999
deathscythe999

This all seemed to be bad news until I read about the "40-year-old wife, Gretchen", in which images of a huge cow flying from a back seat and taking off some guys head as she flys through the windshield......and then it hit me....if this guy isn't going to write it......will the ygive it to Boll!? :shudders and vomits:

_Piranha_
_Piranha_

Very very nice! Absolut "Return To Castle Wolfenstein" Cinema films!

NightRain
NightRain

Oh my god... that is really sad. Well, kiss the movie bye bye...

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Well s*** that sucks. Still, a lot of you people seem to be rather callous towards this tragedy. I mean, sure it's his fault, no doubt about it, but I'm sure if one of you were involved in a DUI, that injured or killed someone, you would already feel bad enough WITHOUT a bunch of people calling you an idiot.