EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has tapped the spec script Boomtown, an oil-soaked thriller from Matt King. Marc Platt is set to produce the story of a slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret who discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. The deal is in the six figures.

Matt King mugIt’s the first sale for King, a former journalist who has written for The Village Voice, American Lawyer and Focus Europe and worked with PBS’ Frontline. He is repped by Paradigm and manager John Zaozirny. Ryan Christians brought the project into Marc Platt Productions, and Rebecca Arzoian brought it to Focus.