The UK Film Council's Development Fund is backing several new projects with BBC Films.

They include Coram Boy,adapted from the novel by Jamila Gavin, with Alison Owen and ScottRudin producing and the project out to directors now. The story isabout two orphans in 18th-century England. The funding is for $135,145(£69,291).

The fund is giving $147,136 (£75,475) to Bomber,adapted by Stuart Beattie from Len Deighton's novel, to be directed byPete Travis. The film is about the Allied bombing campaign againstGermany. Roger Randall-Cutler and Rob Cheek of The First Film Companywill produce.

My Week With Marilyn, based onColin Clark's memories of working with and befriending Marilyn Monroe,will be written by Adrian Hodges and directed by Simon Curtis. DavidParfitt of Trademark Films is producing. The UKFC is backing with$89,182 ($45,750).