Empire Cookie spinoff in development

Taraji P. Henson will reprise her role as the fan favourite character.

A spinoff series to musical drama Empire centered around Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is in the works at US network Fox.

Not too much is currently known about the project other than that it will “follow what’s next” for the former drug dealer turned music label owner. 

Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Stacey A. Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence will write the series with Sanaa Hamri in the director’s chair. 

Its other creator Lee Daniels had previously expressed interest in developing a prequel series focusing on a younger Cookie and her family but that never materialized. 

The original show followed hip-hop label owner Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard) who pits his three sons, rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), R&B singer Jamal (Jussie Smollet) and CFO Andre (Trai Byers), against each other in the process of appointing a successor. 

Empire received mostly positive reviews from critics with particular praise being directed toward Henson’s portrayal of Lyon’s ex-wife Cookie who is also plotting for control of Empire Entertainment.

Its sixth and final season was impacted by the coronavirus shutdown which meant that the 18th episode served as its swan song rather than the planned 20th. 

You can stream all six seasons of Empire on Amazon Prime now. 

Source: Variety

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