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Lee Daniels Says an ‘Empire’ Spin-off Which Will Focus on Cookie’s Early Days Is “Without Question”

Lee Daniels Says an 'Empire' Spin-off Which Will Focus on Cookie's Early Days Is "Without Question"

It’s Lee Daniels day on S&A today… Back-to-back-to-back posts on the TV content creator of the moment.

This time around, it’s news from the Television Critics Association summer press tour, which is happening right now in Beverly Hills.

During the “Empire” presentation, Daniels announced that there will be a spin-off of the hit Fox TV series: “I think there is going to be a spin-off of ‘Empire’ without question. We’ve talked about in the writers room already.“ 

Talked about what specifically, you’re probably wondering? 

Daniels added: “There’s so much ripe story that we’ve talked about already – about Cookie’s family, what makes her her, about Lucious’ family. That in itself is fascinating to me.”

He went on to close with a revelation (according to the various press in attendance) that the spin-off would be something like a prequel that will center on Cookie’s upbringing in North Philadelphia. 

He stated, “Here Cookie is now, but how did she get to where she’s at right now? Let’s go back and understand her mother, her sisters. Let’s understand the makings of her. It’d be like a prequel.”

It’s probably still very much in its early stages, and it likely has to pass Fox’s “smell test” before anything is given a green light. But he seems quite confident that it’ll happen, based on his reported statements alone.

This news comes after the announcement earlier today that Daniels had sold a new project to Fox called “Star,” which will center on 3 young women trying to make it in the music business in Atlanta.

Talk about overkill… hammer, meet head. 

Lee Daniels might become to Fox what Shonda Rhimes is to ABC. But some diversity in terms of the kind of content he creates for the network, would be nice.

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