Mike Newell is to direct an adaptation of Len Deighton's World War II novel Bomber.

Roger Randall-Cutler, whose credits include Dance With A Stranger and The Commitments, is producing Bomber with Robert Cheek at the First Film Company. Leigh Jackson is adapting the book, which follows 24 hours in an Allied bombing raid.

The project is one of five titles that secured development funding in the latest round of National Lottery awards from UK support body The Film Council.

Also securing financing was Himalayas mountaineering adventure Above The Clouds, written by Stephen Burns, produced by Paul de Vos and co-produced by Kornel Brzezinski. Writer Ash Kotak is adapting his play Hijra, a comedy drama combining Bombay nights and Wembley days which Sulekha Nath is producing. Additionally, Man And The Mysteries Of The Female Orgasm, is a coming of age tale from County Kilburn's Elliot Hegarty and Nick Heyworth, while Young Santa is a family fantasy written by Lucy Daniel Raby.

The council's development fund has also announced slate deals with Passion Pictures, which has credits including Academy Award winning documentary One Day In September, and Richard Holmes and Stefan Schwartz's Gruber Films.