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Penny Marshall Directing Film About First Female Baseball Hall of Famer

“A League of Their Own” director Penny Marshall is returning to the baseball diamond.

She will direct a biopic about Effa Manley, the manager of the National Negro League’s Newark Eagles and the first female Baseball Hall Of Fame inductee. She was active in the 1930s and ’40s.

It’s Marshall’s first film in more than a decade; her last being 2001’s “Riding in Cars With Boys.” She also directed “Big,” “Awakenings” and “Renaissance Man” and starred in “Laverne & Shirley.”

The Effa Manley project marks the first film in a two picture deal Marshall has signed with Studioplex City LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of social commerce company FONU2. Studioplex City is financing and producing the film.

Marshall directs and will executive produce, from a screenplay written by Byron Motley (who will executive produce) and Jeffery Miller (who will associate produce). Wendi Laski will produce.

Principal photography will begin in early 2015 and will take place in Savannah, Georgia. Casting is expected to take place in the next several weeks. No decision has been made on how the film will be distributed.

Marshall is represented by Michael Mann Management.

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