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Nicole Cord-Cruz
February 23, 2018 12:36 pm

We’ve all been there — licking our fingers speckled with red, cheesy dust after devouring a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and wondering why they’re just so damn good. Well now, we no longer have to wonder, because a movie about the dangerously addictive snack is in the works. And no, your eyes aren’t fooling you. There really is about to be a film centered on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

But…it’s not what you’re thinking. The Hot Cheetos movie, which was announced by Variety, is not going to be a Sausage Party-esque flick where anthropomorphic cheese puffs talk to each other. (Although, can we make that happen, too?) Instead, it will focus on the rags-to-riches story of Richard Montanez, the man who invented what would become the holy grail of snacks.

Montanez, a Mexico native, dropped out of high school in the 1970s and started working as a janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After a machine broke down one day, he brought home a batch of unseasoned Cheetos and transformed them into something resembling elotes, a popular Mexican street food comprised of corn, mayonnaise, butter, cheese, chili powder, and lime.

Montanez then scored a meeting with the Frito-Lay execs to present his idea, and the rest, as we all know, is history.

There’s no word yet on who will star in the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos biopic, but Lewis Colick, best known for Ladder 49 and October Sky will write the screenplay. FOX Searchlight will produce, alongside DeVon Franklin, who helped Colick and Montanez develop the initial pitch.

And while we’re aware that the film is still in its early stages, we’re already crossing our fingers that Oscar Isaac — a self-confessed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos fanatic — will make a cameo appearance. Or maybe even Katy Perry, who once wore a Hot Cheetos costume at a Halloween party.

The cheesy possibilities are endless.

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