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Apple is making a Murderbot series starring Alexander Skarsgård

Apple is making a Murderbot series starring Alexander Skarsgård


The adaptation of Martha Wells’ The Murderbot Diaries adds to an already impressive slate of sci-fi on Apple TV Plus.

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A photo of actor Alexander Skarsgard at the ceremony for the 20th annual Marrakech International Film Festival on November 25th, 2023, in Marrakech, Morocco.
Alexander Skarsgard.
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Another day, another sci-fi announcement from Apple TV Plus. The streamer is continuing to expand its presence in the genre with the news that it’s adapting The Murderbot Diaries novels from author Martha Wells.

There’s no word yet on when the show will premiere, but it’ll be a 10-episode-long series and feature Alexander Skarsgård as the lead. Chris and Paul Weitz will serve as showrunners, while David S. Goyer — who helms the Apple TV Plus adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation — will be one of the executive producers.

If you haven’t read the books — you can check out our review right here — Apple says the adaption is “about a self-hacking security android who is horrified by human emotion yet drawn to its vulnerable ‘clients.’” In the show, “Murderbot must hide its free will and complete a dangerous assignment when all it really wants is to be left alone to watch futuristic soap operas and figure out its place in the universe.”

The Murderbot news caps off a small flurry of announcements for Apple’s upcoming sci-fi slate. Last week, the company announced that the psychological thriller Constellation would start streaming in February and, before that, renewed Foundation for a third season. Other recent forays into the genre include Silo, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, and season 2 of Invasion.