Feature & Documentary Screenwriter

David writes feature and documentary screenplays. As you might have guessed, as an historian, he focuses on true stories. He has completed his first feature motion picture screenplay entitled Reign of Ruin. The screenplay follows the same storyline as David's book,  "140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan's Last Chance to Avert Armageddon. "


Logline: As his country is incinerated around him, one man risks assassination to convince his government, dominated by militarists determined to fight a decisive battle on Japanese soil, to end World War II. Another man, the new and untested President of the United States, faces an ominous decision. Should he invade Japan and risk catastrophic casualties or use of the most powerful weapon ever created? 

The screenplay finished as a top 10 finalist in the GI Film Festival's 2015 competition. 

“Why make it up when there are so many dramatic true stories in history that should and need to be told.” David Dean Barrett 

The following screenplays are in the early stages of development and use these working titles: 

  • Japanese American Nisei and the 442nd Battalion
  • Japanese American Nisei and the Military Intelligence Services (MIS) in World War II
  • Japan’s Hellish Unit 731