Around a year ago, it was announced that a biopic about Richard Montañez - the creator of Flamin' Hot Cheetos - was approved and in the works.
The Hollywood rendition of the story behind the world-famous Hot Cheetos officially has a director...Eva Longoria! The announcement was made today (Tuesday) that the actress turned director will take on the role of bringing that story to life. Longoria recently produced and directed ABC's new drama, Grand Hotel which is an adaptation of a Spanish drama of the same name.
Deadline was the first to report that Longoria would direct the biopic dubbed Flamin' Hot. Deadline adds that Longoria’s “authentic approach” to the story helped her win the position, beating out countless other top directors.
The publication also adds that the script, penned by Lewis Colick, was part of an intense bidding war when the project was initially announced.
Fans of the popular snack, you're in for a spicy story...literally. The biopic will detail Montañez’s life. It will follow how he grew up in the small California town of Gausti where he picked grapes with his Mexican immigrant family.
According to Deadline, the Hot Cheetos creator secured a job at Frito-Lay as a janitor in 1976. He took home some plain Cheetos to test out new flavor combinations. While eating a Mexican-style elote, he wondered if he could take those same flavors and put them on the product.
Eva Longoria has several projects in development under her production banner Unbelievable Entertainment, including A Class Apartat (HBO) andLucky Boy. Longoria can currently be seen in front of the camera starring in Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explorer.
So the Hot Cheetos biopic is in good hands!
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