Created by
Based onThe Murderbot Diaries
by Martha Wells
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Chris Weitz
  • Paul Weitz
  • Alexander Skarsgård
  • Andrew Miano
  • David S. Goyer
  • Keith Levine
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Murderbot is an upcoming American science fiction television series for Apple TV+. It is based on the book series by Martha Wells. The series has Alexander Skarsgård attached to star. Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz are writing, directing and producing the series.


A sentient security android must mask the ability for free thought whilst completing dangerous assignments and is simultaneously drawn to humans and appalled at their weakness.[1]



In 2021, book series author Martha Wells said that a potential TV series adaptation was in development,[2] and that she had read the script and was "really excited about it”.[3] The series began moving forward at Apple TV+ in 2022, but casting was delayed by the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.[4]

It was announced in December 2023 that Alexander Skarsgård became attached to star and executive produce the series.[5] In February 2024, David Dastmalchian and Noma Dumezweni joined the cast.[6][7] In March, Sabrina Wu, Tattiawna Jones, Akshay Khanna, and Tamara Podemski joined the cast of the series as Pin-Lee, Arada, Ratthi, and Bharadwaj respectively.[8]


Principal photography began on March 24, 2024, in Toronto.[9]


  1. ^ Bell, BreAnna (14 December 2023). "'Murderbot' Series From 'About A Boy' Filmmakers Set at Apple, Alexander Skarsgård to Star and EP". Variety. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  2. ^ Spry, Jeff (22 June 2021). "Exclusive Q&A: Sci-fi author Martha Wells talks about her latest Murderbot novella, Fugitive Telemetry". Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (25 April 2021). "How Murderbot Diaries author Martha Wells overcame a career in crisis to create the killer series". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 28 May 2022. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (14 December 2023). "Alexander Skarsgård Stars In 'Murderbot' Sci-Fi Series Ordered By Apple From Chris & Paul Weitz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  5. ^ Mishra, Shristy (14 December 2023). "Alexander Skarsgård to Star in Long-Awaited 'Murderbot' Series". Collider. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  6. ^ Grobar, Matt (28 February 2024). "David Dastmalchian Joins Alexander Skarsgård In Apple Sci-Fi Series Murderbot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (1 March 2024). "Noma Dumezweni Joins Alexander Skarsgård In Apple Sci-Fi Series Murderbot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  8. ^ Cordero, Rosy (7 March 2024). "Apple TV+'s 'Murderbot' Rounds Out Cast With Sabrina Wu, Tattiawna Jones, Akshay Khanna & Tamara Podemski". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2024.
  9. ^ Jay, Johnny (24 March 2024). "Sci Fi TV Highlights: Season Finale for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, The Acolyte Gets a Premiere Date, and More". Cancelled Sci-Fi. Retrieved 24 March 2024.