The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.

The film charts the rise to fame of the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame who managed the National Negro League’s Newark Eagles in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Wendi Laski will produce. Marshall directs from a screenplay by Byron Motley and will serve as executive producer alongside Motley.

Studioplex City will finance and produce Effa, set to begin shooting in Savannah, Georgia, early next year.

“The film is about a strong woman who was ahead of her time, the history of baseball and the Negro Leagues,” said Studioplex City president and FONU2 chairman Jake Shapiro.

“We are proud to be working on such a meaningful project with such a powerful and talented director.” 

“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,” said Marshall. “I look forward to begin casting the film and shooting in Savannah, Georgia.”