Sunday, April 18, 2021

Taraji P. Henson Confirms ‘Empire’ Spinoff + Inks First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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*Taraji P. Henson is developing an “Empire” spinoff focused on her character Cookie Lyon

The series is currently in development with EP’s Danny Strong (“Empire” co-creator), Yolanda Lawrence and Stacy Littlejohn, Deadline reports. 

The series will be directed by Sanaa Hamri.

Here’s more via Complex:

No official info regarding the plot of the untitled project have been announced, however, sources described the story as focusing on Cookie’s move to Los Angeles, with the possibility of other familiar characters also popping up along the way.

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EMPIRE: Pictured Clockwise L-R: Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers and Taraji P. Henson on Season Four of EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX

The spinoff is part of Henson’s new First-Look deal with 20th Century Fox TV and her TPH Entertainment production company.

Back in April, Henson and “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels spoke about the possibility of continuing Cookie’s saga. 

 “I don’t know what that is and I’m not a part of it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was trying to work on something,” “Empire” showrunner Brett Mahoney said a of the possible spinoff.

“I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace,” Henson said of her studio deal and TPH.

“Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation,” she added. “I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard. I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor!”

20th Century Fox TV are just as excited about expanding the “Empire” franchise.

“We were lucky to have a front row seat to Taraji’s meteoric rise as a fixture on television through Empire,” declared 20th Century Fox TV president Cassidy Thursday. “Through that relationship everyone at the company grew to appreciate her passion for storytelling and her strong creative gut instinct. With Empire finished we look forward to helping her explore stories that need to be told through her talent and advocacy.”

Henson and TPH Entertainment’s agreement with 20th also include other projects for multiple platforms.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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