With his screenplay “Powell,” Whitworth staked his claim as a surveyor of world events as seen through the lens of individual players — in this case, Gen. Colin Powell. “Powell” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the then-Secretary of State addressed the U.N. and made the case for war in Iraq. Forest Whitaker is to star in the pic and produce.
According to Whitworth, it’s a tragic story in which his protagonist “ended up doing this thing that he now seemingly regrets and was clearly a huge mistake.”
His follow-up screenplay, “Reykjavik,” on which he shares credit with Kevin Hood, is no less fraught with global political issues. Starring Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, respectively, the film, currently in pre-production, details the leaders’ failed 1986 disarmament talks in Iceland’s capital.
Next up for Whitworth are a “political dramatic thriller” about a leading figure of the Arab Spring and an MI6 spy movie with Colin Firth attached. What seems clear is that whatever project the one-time classics student takes on, it will be bear the mark of his curiosity about the world stage and the players on it.