Penny Marshall Returns to Baseball With New Film
The director of 'A League of Their Own' will tackle the true story of Effa Manley, who rose to fame in the sport while managing the National Negro League’s Newark Eagles in the 1930s and '40s
Penny Marshall will take a swing at the subject of women in baseball again. The director of A League of Their Own will helm a film about the story of Effa Manley, the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The untitled film is part of a two-picture deal Marshall has inked with Studioplex City, which will finance and produce the project. It is scheduled to begin principal photography in early 2015 in Savannah, Ga.
Manley rose to fame in the sport while managing the National Negro League's Newark Eagles in the 1930s and '40s. Byron Motley wrote the screenplay.
Wendi Laski will produce. Marshall and Motley are executive producing. Jeffery Miller will associate produce.
"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," Marshall said. "I look forward to begin casting the film."
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Studioplex City is a wholly owned subsidiary of FONU2.
"Penny Marshall has directed some of the greatest stories ever told for the big screen," said Jake Shapiro, president of Studioplex City and recently appointed chairman of FONU2. "Films such as [Marshall's] 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."
Marshall is repped by Michael Mann Management.