Taraji P. Henson’s Working On an “Empire” Spinoff

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Empire may have come to an end after six seasons, but it looks like we haven’t seen the last of Cookie.

Taraji P. Henson is developing a spinoff series centering around her Empire character Loretha “Cookie” Lyon at Fox, as part of a two-year-first look deal she signed with 20th Century Fox Television.

Details about the series haven’t been released yet, other than it “follows what’s next for Cookie,” and that it should be ordered to pilot. Henson will star and produce the untitled show.

Empire co-creator Danny Strong is writing the series alongside Stacy A. Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence, with Sanaa Hamri to direct.

Empire was created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, and it aired for six seasons before ending earlier this year. Henson and Daniels have been teasing a spinoff with Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney saying, “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.” 

Henson’s portrayal of Cookie earned her three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe in 2016.