Antonia Bird is to direct an adaptation of crime novel Run for recently-formed UK production outfit Hanthum Films and the director's own company, 4Way Pictures.

Written by Douglas E Winter, the book revolves around the character of Burdon Lane, a gunrunner-businessman on a so-called milk run which goes wrong. Winter is adapting the book himself.

"Run combines action and drama with knowledgeable insight into the political underbelly of America's gun culture," said Bird. "Doug Winter thinks pictures and writes dialogue to die for. It's a movie waiting to shoot."

Bird, whose credits include Face, Ravenous and Priest, will produce alongside Hanthum co-founders Mark Salisbury and Laura Phillips. Salisbury is the London correspondent of Premiere magazine and a former editor of Empire. Phillips has worked in UK film marketing and publicity since 1989.