Georgia O’Keeffe to premiere on Lifetime September 19th

Breaking news from Lifetime Original Movies:

Lifetime Television, the leading basic cable network for original movies among women, has assembled a diverse slate of contemporary films. The Network’s 2009-10 longform schedule remains top-notch.

Upcoming Lifetime Original Movies include September 19th’sGeorgia O’Keeffe, starring three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Joan Allen (The Contender) and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune).

The Georgia O’Keeffe biopic starring Joan Allen in the title role with Jeremy Irons as O’Keefe’s long-time lover, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, premieres Sept. 19.

Allen and Irons were in attendance at the upfront. Allen is also the executive producer on the project, which was originally optioned by HBO. The pay cabler relinquished the rights and Allen brought the project to Lifetime. She said she was grateful to HBO for giving her the rights back and to Lifetime for a quick turn-around.

“It’s a tough market for making movies,” said Allen. “It’s a tough market for making movie about women of a certain stature.”

Georgia O’Keeffe gave the production permission to film at Ghost Ranch, her former home in New Mexico. O’Keeffe also “endorsed us as being historically accurate,” said Allen, “which means a great deal to all of us.”

Irons quipped: “Despite my disappointment at not being involved in Project Runway, I am very happy to be involved in this.”