Penny Marshall to Direct Her Second Women’s Baseball Film

Penny Marshall to Direct Her Second Women’s Baseball Film

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Penny Marshall will direct her second women's baseball film titled 'Effa' in 2015. Photo: Frederic J, Brown/AFP/Getty Images
Penny Marshall will direct her second women’s baseball film titled ‘Effa’ in 2015.

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.

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