Fox Steps Away From ‘Empire’ Spinoff Starring Taraji P. Henson

Empire character Cookie Lyon. (Credit: Fox)

Fox has decided not to move forward with a planned Empire spinoff starring Taraji P. Henson.

The Wrap reports an insider with knowledge of the project confirmed the network has opted not to proceed with the series centered around Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon.

In addition to Henson, Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong had signed on for the project, with Strong co-writing the script and Henson serving as one of the show’s executive producers.

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The previously announced project is part of a first-look deal between 20th Television and Henson’s production company, TPH Entertainment.

20th Television will continue to shop the Cookie spinoff to other networks and streaming services, according to the individual with knowledge of the spinoff.

Empire became one of Fox’s most recognizable series after it launched in 2015. The music drama ran for six seasons, and also starred Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Grace Byers.

The show wrapped up its abbreviated sixth season in April after production ended abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spinoff was expected to tie up loose ends and explore what’s next for Cookie.

Meanwhile, Henson has a string of other projects in the works.

The Hidden Figures actress will be making her upcoming feature film directorial debut with the high school comedy film, Two-Faced.

She is also hosting a Facebook Watch show that premiered this month, titled Peace of Mind with Taraji. Watch a sneak peek of the show here.