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Warner bullish on rookie Lavender’s spec

Chi commodities market story grabs low-six figures

Looking to go behind the scenes of Chicago’s frenetic commodities market, Warner Bros. has struck a deal for “The Bear & the Bull,” a spec by first-time scribe and former CAA assistant Jay Lavender.

Greg Silverman will produce the drama set against the backdrop of the Windy City’s boisterous commodities market.

Deal is understood to be worth low-six-figures; as part of the pact, Warner also gets an option on a future, blind script commitment from Lavender.

The story takes place amid a group of young traders who must rally together to reach their full potential in the face of fast-encroaching technology, which threatens to make the trading floor a relic.

Lavender, 24, grew up in Chicago and spent three summers working on the volatile trading floor.

Having worked as an assistant to CAA’s Adam Krentzman for 16 months, Lavender left the agency two weeks ago to devote his time solely to writing.

“Getting to have that job, to be a fly on the wall … was essential to learn the business,” Lavender told Daily Variety. “But now I can write full time, bust my ass and see what happens.”

Not wanting to rest on his freshly minted laurels, Lavender and his former bosses turned reps will soon go out to studios with “Spirit in the Sky,” a drama spec set on the golf course. Tom Lassally and Samuel L. Jackson are attached to produce; George Armitage is onboard to direct. Jackson would also co-star in the pic.

As with “The Bear,” Lavender, who played golf competitively as an undergrad at Dartmouth, has drawn from his personal experiences for inspiration with “Spirit.”

In addition to CAA, Lavender was repped on the deal by attorney David Weber.

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