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MJ Bassett

Director

MJ Bassett is a feature film and television writer/director.

 

As a teenager in the UK, MJ’s career started as a wildlife photographer and documentary maker, subsequently becoming an on-camera host of various nature and science programs before writing and directing the feature film DEATHWATCH. Starring Jamie Bell, Matthew Rhys and Andy Serkis it was an original horror movie set in the trenches of World War

 

Following the success of Deathwatch, MJ directed the horror feature WILDERNESS with Toby Kebbell and Sean Pertwee, and then adapted and directed the heroic fantasy adventure SOLOMON KANE, starring James Purefoy, Max Von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite based on the classic fantasy novellas by ‘Conan’ creator Robert E. Howard. MJ followed that with the video game adaptation SILENT HILL:REVELATION, shot in 3D and starring Sean Bean, Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harrington and producer by Samuel Hadida.

 

In 2013, MJ began directing in television. Initially guest directing episodes of the Cinemax/HBO/Sky action show STRIKE BACK and then the first season finale of Starz’ show, DaVINCI’S DEMONS, created by David Goyer.

 

The following season, MJ was invited to become lead director and subsequently a writer, co-producer and finally executive producer of the next 3 seasons of Strike Back before it’s cancellation in 2015. As the shows’ most prolific director MJ pushed the action, scale and intensity beyond any other show of its kind on TV. After a year off air, MJ was asked by HBO/Sky to return as executive producer and director for a reboot of the show with an entirely new cast.

 

Additional television credits include such shows as IRON FIST for Marvel/Netflix, NIGHTFLYERS, based on the George R.R. Martin novel for Syfy with Doug Liman’s ‘Hypnotic’ productions, ASH VS EVIL DEAD for Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert at Starz where MJ was asked to direct the second and third episodes of season one after Sam Raimi’s Pilot. MJ wrote an episode of season one and was brought into the writers’ room as a Co-Executive Producer for Season Two as well as continuing to direct episodes.  Other credits also include  THE PLAYER, starring Phil Winchester and Wesley Snipes for NBC and TAKEN, again for NBC with Europacorp.

 

For 2015-2016, MJ was under an exclusive deal with Starz, continuing to direct for ASH VS EVIL DEAD and also multiple episodes of their hit drama POWER. While under the deal, MJ also wrote an original series pilot for the network.

 

MJ was born, and still lives part time, in Shropshire, England. Coming out as transgender in 2016 she currently spending a great deal of time shooting on locations around the world and divides her time between England and Los Angeles which she intends to eventually make a home base.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2012
Production (role):
SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D (Director / Writer)
Company:
Davis Films / Lionsgate / Open Road Films
Project details:
Starring Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean and Malcolm McDowell
Date: 2009
Production (role):
SOLOMON KANE (Director / Writer)
Company:
Davis Films / International Film Company / Czech Anglo Productions
Project details:
Starring Rachel Hurd-Wood, James Purefoy and Max von Sydow
Date: 2006
Production (role):
WILDERNESS
Company:
Momentum Pictures / Baker Street / Ecosse Films
Project details:
Starring Sean Pertwee, Alex Reid and Toby Kebbell
Date: 2002
Production (role):
DEATHWATCH (Director / Writer)
Company:
Appollo Media / Film and Music Entertainment / Bavria Film / Odyssey Entertainment / Portobello Pictures
Project details:
Starring Jamie Bell and Matthew Rhys
TELEVISION (Includes)
Date: 2018
Production (role):
NIGHTFLYERS
Company:
Syfy
Date: 2018
Production (role):
IRON FIST
Company:
Marvel TV/ Disney- ABC TV
Date: 2018
Production (role):
TAKEN
Company:
FLW Films/ NBC
Date: 2017
Production (role):
STRIKE BACK 6
Company:
Left Bank/ Cinemax
Project details:
Showrunner

EP on the season
Date: 2016
Production (role):
OVERALL EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH STARZ!
Company:
Starz!
Project details:
12 month exclusive deal included directing and producing:

POWER (2 episodes)

ASH VS EVIL DEAD (2 episodes)

Date: 2015
Production (role):
BLINDSPOT
Company:
Berlanti Productions / NBC
Project details:
Starring Jaimie Alexander and Ashley Johnson
Date: 2015
Production (role):
ASH VS EVIL DEAD (3 episodes)
Company:
Renaissance / Starz!
Project details:
Starring Lucy Lawless and Bruce Campbell

MJ was writer of 1 episode.
Date: 2015
Production (role):
POWER (1 episode)
Company:
CBS / Starz!
Project details:
Starring Victor Garber, Omari Hardwick and 50 Cent
Date: 2015
Production (role):
THE PLAYER (2 episodes)
Company:
Davis Entertainment/ NBC
Project details:
Starring Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes
Date: 2014
Production (role):
STRIKE BACK 5
Company:
Leftbank/Cinemax
Project details:
Showrunner

EP on the season
Date: 2013
Production (role):
STRIKE BACK 4
Company:
Leftbank/ Cinemax
Project details:
Showrunner

EP on the season
Date: 2013
Production (role):
DA VINCI’S DEMONS
Company:
BBC / Starz! (2 Episodes)
Project details:
Starring Laura Haddock, Lara Pulver and Tom Riley
Date: 2012
Production (role):
STRIKEBACK 3 (2 episodes)
Company:
Left Bank / Cinemax
Project details:
Starring Leo Gregory and Phillip Winchester
IN DEVELOPMENT
Date: 2017
Production (role):
CLANDESTINE
Company:
The Fyzz Facility
Project details:
Writer
Date: 2016
Production (role):
Sanctuary
Company:
Left Bank
Project details:
Writer
Production (role):
THE HILLS HAVE EYES 3
Company:
Craven-Maddalena Films / Dune Entertainment / Major Studio Partners
Production (role):
THE MARK (Writer)
Company:
Treasure Entertainment
Project details:
Script
Production (role):
WARRIOR (Writer)
Company:
Working Title
Project details:
Script

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D (Director / Writer)
    Company: Davis Films / Lionsgate / Open Road Films
    Project details: Starring Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean and Malcolm McDowell
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): SOLOMON KANE (Director / Writer)
    Company: Davis Films / International Film Company / Czech Anglo Productions
    Project details: Starring Rachel Hurd-Wood, James Purefoy and Max von Sydow
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): WILDERNESS
    Company: Momentum Pictures / Baker Street / Ecosse Films
    Project details: Starring Sean Pertwee, Alex Reid and Toby Kebbell
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): DEATHWATCH (Director / Writer)
    Company: Appollo Media / Film and Music Entertainment / Bavria Film / Odyssey Entertainment / Portobello Pictures
    Project details: Starring Jamie Bell and Matthew Rhys
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): NIGHTFLYERS
    Company: Syfy
    Project details:
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): IRON FIST
    Company: Marvel TV/ Disney- ABC TV
    Project details:
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): TAKEN
    Company: FLW Films/ NBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): STRIKE BACK 6
    Company: Left Bank/ Cinemax
    Project details: Showrunner

    EP on the season
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): OVERALL EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH STARZ!
    Company: Starz!
    Project details: 12 month exclusive deal included directing and producing:

    POWER (2 episodes)

    ASH VS EVIL DEAD (2 episodes)

  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): BLINDSPOT
    Company: Berlanti Productions / NBC
    Project details: Starring Jaimie Alexander and Ashley Johnson
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): ASH VS EVIL DEAD (3 episodes)
    Company: Renaissance / Starz!
    Project details: Starring Lucy Lawless and Bruce Campbell

    MJ was writer of 1 episode.
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): POWER (1 episode)
    Company: CBS / Starz!
    Project details: Starring Victor Garber, Omari Hardwick and 50 Cent
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): THE PLAYER (2 episodes)
    Company: Davis Entertainment/ NBC
    Project details: Starring Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): STRIKE BACK 5
    Company: Leftbank/Cinemax
    Project details: Showrunner

    EP on the season
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): STRIKE BACK 4
    Company: Leftbank/ Cinemax
    Project details: Showrunner

    EP on the season
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): DA VINCI’S DEMONS
    Company: BBC / Starz! (2 Episodes)
    Project details: Starring Laura Haddock, Lara Pulver and Tom Riley
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): STRIKEBACK 3 (2 episodes)
    Company: Left Bank / Cinemax
    Project details: Starring Leo Gregory and Phillip Winchester
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): CLANDESTINE
    Company: The Fyzz Facility
    Project details: Writer
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): Sanctuary
    Company: Left Bank
    Project details: Writer
  • Date:
    Production (role): THE HILLS HAVE EYES 3
    Company: Craven-Maddalena Films / Dune Entertainment / Major Studio Partners
    Project details:
  • Date:
    Production (role): THE MARK (Writer)
    Company: Treasure Entertainment
    Project details: Script
  • Date:
    Production (role): WARRIOR (Writer)
    Company: Working Title
    Project details: Script
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