Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Writer Defends Film

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

The screenwriter of a film about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos has had to defend the project in the wake of a Los Angeles Times report challenging the central character’s claim to have invented the product.

Richard Montanez has been claiming credit for creating the chile-covered Cheeto flavour for years in books, interviews and motivational speeches. This summer a film is slated to shoot with actress-turned-filmmaker Eva Longoria directing the movie based on Montanez’s life story.

However the report on Sunday challenged key elements of his rags-to-riches story, saying he didn’t invent the product according to “interviews with more than a dozen former Frito-Lay employees, the archival record and Frito-Lay itself.” In

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