Former “Desperate Housewives” and current “Dora the Explorer and the Lost City of Gold” actress Eva Longoria has been set as director of “Flamin’ Hot,” a Fox Searchlight biopic about Richard Montanez who created the Flamin’ Hot variant of Cheetos.
Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the job after impressing Franklin Entertainment and Fox with her proposed authentic approach to portraying Richard and Judy Montanez’s story.
Montanez was the son of a Mexican immigrant and a janitor at Frito Lay when he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. His creation revitalized the chip manufacturer and disrupted the food industry.
“Charlie St. Cloud” and “October Sky” scribe Lewis Colick penned the script and DeVon Franklin will produce. Longoria is also attached to star alongside Kerry Washington as well as direct and produce “24/7” at Universal.