With Empire now over, it looks as if we’ll be getting something extra from Cookie Lyon.
According to Deadline, Taraji P. Henson has signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox and the first look will be based on Taraji’s Empire character Cookie Lyon.
Taraji will be partnering with Christine Conley from the production company Working Title, to have the task run under her new enterprise TPH Entertainment.
The project will be written, and executively produced by “Empire” co-writer Danny Strong, in addition to Stacy Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence. Sanaa Hamri will be directing the series, and if the show goes according to plan, Strong, Littlejohn and Lawrence will serve as the showrunners.
Prior to the 6th and very last season of “Empire,” Taraji and Lee Daniels have expressed their interest in persevering with Cookie’s story.
Taraji spoke about the deal and said, “I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.”
She continued, “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!”
20th Century Fox TV president Carolyn Cassidy added, “We were lucky to have a front-row seat to Taraji’s meteoric rise as a fixture on television through Empire. 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.”
As we formerly reported, “Empire” renewed its 6th and very last season following the controversy surrounding Jussie Smollett.