ABC Signature Studios is currently developing a new pilot for Hulu/Star called “History Of A Pleasure Seeker”, which is based on Richard Mason’s novel, is a musical drama set in Amsterdam in 1907 — a tale of a charismatic young man’s explosive adventures through all the temptations of the Belle Époque.
In the book, the story follows Piet Barol, who has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier – a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on one of Amsterdam’s grandest canals. As Piet enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets and finds his life transformed.
According to Deadline, Crystal Yu has joined the pilot and will be playing the role of Zhen Zhao, who was born in Shanghai and sold into a Geisha house in Tokyo. She fled to the West in her teens and and is now Europe’s leading beautician, with her skills in body transformation second to none.
Crystal Yu has previously starred in “Silverpoint” and “Doctor Who”, along with “Casualty” and “Soulmates”.
The series will also star Olumide Olorunfemi (Venom: Let There Be Carnage), Bebe Bettencourt (Eden), Carla Woodcock and Callum Kerr.
The series is also being produced in association with Fremantle and Hat Trick Productions.
Richard Mason will be an executive producer along with Robinson, who will direct, along with The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey, Hat Trick Productions boss Jimmy Mulville and Fremantle. Christopher Read will be composing the music, along with Mason, and also serves as executive producer.