Laverne and Shirley’s Penny Marshall is going back to the baseball diamond to film her second movie about the sport, with a film titled Effa.
The story is about the history-making Effa Manley, the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Manley became a co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles in the 1930s and ‘40s. The team won the Negro World Series in 1946.
In 1992, Marshall directed the beloved film A League of Their Own, the story about the first woman’s baseball team during WWII.
“The story is a fascinating tale of a woman who broke through so many barriers and accomplished so much for the players and the game, during a time when the face of baseball changed forever,” she said.
Studioplex City’s president Jake Shapiro, who is financing and producing the film, announced a two-picture deal with Marshall.
“Penny Marshall has directed some of the greatest stories ever told for the big screen,” Shapiro said. “Films such as Big and A League of Their Own transcend time, generations and global boundaries. The film is about a strong woman who was ahead of her time, the history of baseball and the Negro Leagues. We are proud to be working on such a meaningful project with such a powerful and talented director.”
Effa will start filming in Savannah, Georgia early next year.