Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is working on a Cookie Lyon-centric spinoff of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hit primetime soap, Empire. According to Deadline, Henson is developing the project as part ofa two-year first-look deal she signed with 20th Century Fox TV.
They will also be the showrunners if the Los Angeles-set spinoff goes to pilot. Other executive producers include Henson and Daniels, plus Imagine TV's Brian Grazer and Samie Falvey.
Henson starred on Empire as Cookie for six seasons and recently launched her own production company, TPH Entertainment, with Christine Conley. Oscar nominee Henson stated of her first-look deal and TPH:
I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.
Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation. 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!