Eva Longoria is set to make her directorial debut with “Flamin’ Hot,” a biopic about Richard Montanez, a Frito-Lay janitor and Mexican immigrant who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack and became famous within the food industry.
To her credit, Longoria was up against multiple directors for the job, but so impressed producers with her ideas that they chose her. She reportedly had an original take on Montanez disrupting the food industry with his crunchy treat.
Writer Lewis Colick, who penned “Charlie St. Cloud” and “October Sky,” wrote the “Flamin'” script. Samuel Rodriguez is the executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Fox Searchlight.
Longoria is in demand as a director lately — she is also attached to direct and produce Universal’s “24/7,” and will be producing “My Daughter’s Quinceañera,” also for Universal. She also currently stars in Paramount’s live-action “Dora the Explorer.”