Fox Searchlight has named Eva Longoria the director of their film Flamin’ Hot, a biopic about Richard Montanez who created the very popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack, according to Deadline.
- Montanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, was a janitor at Frito-Lay when he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
- His eventual creation revitalized Frito-Lay and became a pop culture phenomenon.
- Flamin’ Hot will be produced by DeVon Franklin, under his Franklin Entertainment label.
- Lewis Colick, writer of Charlie St. Cloud and October Sky, wrote the script for Flamin’ Hot.
- Zahra Phillips will oversee the project for Franklin Entertainment, Taylor Friedman will represent Fox and Samuel Rodriguez will executive produce.
- No release date for Flamin’ Hot has been released at this time, but be sure to check back for more information as it becomes available.
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- Fox Searchlight also released a trailer for another one of its upcoming movies, Lucy in the Sky, which stars Natalie Portman.
- Fox Searchlight has acquired the North American rights to The Personal History of David Copperfield, a film set to be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, and the BFI London Film Festival on October 2.
- The Walt Disney Company announced the closure of the Fox Research Library, the contents of which will be folded into the Walt Disney Archives.
- A lawsuit brought against 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company regarding a Malaysian theme park has reached a settlement. The park will continue to use licensed Fox intellectual properties (IPs), but will no longer be called “Fox World.”
- Fox Stage Productions has officially been absorbed by Disney Theatrical Productions. Isaac Robert Hurwitz, the former Senior Vice President of Fox Stage confirmed that the musical adaptations of Mrs. Doubtfire and The Devil Wears Prada are moving forward under Disney.