NEW YORK — Miguel Arteta will take up producing reins for the first time on Korean-American newcomer Michael Kang’s debut feature “The Motel,” which generated strong buzz in the 2002 Sundance Writing and Directing Lab and will start production this summer.
Arteta is developing potential directing projects to follow his breakout hit “The Good Girl.” In the meantime, he has signed on to shepherd writer-director Kang. Arteta was an adviser in the 2002 Sundance program, where he mentored Kang, who emerged from the group as one of the key new talents to watch.
Matthew Greenfield, Arteta’s partner in Los Angeles-based company Flan de Coco, also will produce with Gina Kwon, who has been involved in all three of Arteta’s features.
A contemporary coming-of-age story about a young Chinese boy growing up in a small-town inn, “The Motel” will be shot in New York state on a very low budget with a cast of unknowns.
Kang also has been hired to script an untitled project for director Wayne Wang and producer Lydia Dean-Pilcher, now working in London on Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair.” Kang’s deals on both films were packaged by entertainment lawyer Jodi Peikoff.