One of the creators of the Fox drama hit “Empire” confirmed plans Thursday for a spinoff of the series focused on Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie.
People magazine reports that Lee Daniels talked about the project Thursday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Daniels is quoted in the report saying: “There is going to be a spinoff from Empire, without question. I think there is so much ripe story. We’ve talked about it in the room already about Cookie’s family, what makes her her, Lucious’ family, what makes them them, that in itself is fascinating to me and stuff that I can get to.”
People notes: “On the series, Cookie is the fiercely protective mom of rapper/record exec Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) three sons. After being released from prison, she re-enters the family’s life as the boys are pitted against one another in their quest for power in the music business.”
Henson, who has been nominated for an Emmy for the role, appeared at the panel too. Asked by reporters about her character, she said: “I say that probably 80 percent is Cookie and maybe 20 percent is Taraji. Every character I portray, I bring a little bit of my life experiences to it. I am not as bold as she is. I have to be politically correct with what I say. She gets to fly off the handle and say what she wants to. I can’t, however, because you guys will quote me and I’ll have to answer for it!”