‘Endangered Species’ Interview: Director M.J. Bassett On Her Love Of Big Action Movies And Passion For Wildlife Preservation

For director MJ Bassett, making movies isn’t just a job, it’s a call to action. Bassett, who is perhaps best known for films such as Solomon Kane and Silent Hill: Revelation, has combined filmmaking with her passion for wildlife conservation. The result is the action-thriller Endangered Species, which follows a family on a safari vacation-gone-wrong in South Africa.

The film stars real-life couple Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, although they don’t play the married pair. Romijn is joined by Philip Winchester, a Bassett favorite who had just finished working with her on Rogue, another action movie with similar goals in mind.

I had a chance to talk with Bassett about Endangered Species, a film that was shot during lockdown, which led to some interesting issues in South Africa. Bassett also talks about working alongside her daughter, Isabel, who not only stars in the film but co-wrote the screenplay. We also discuss how Bassett balances her movies’ themes with the big action her fans have come to expect.

Endangered Species is available in select theaters, Apple TV, and more on May 28th. Check out the interview below!


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.