John Frankenheimer will direct "Lure of Darkness," the first theatrical feature film for the Ventura Motion Picture Group.

Frankenheimer, whose credits include "The Manchurian Candidate," "Seven Days in May" and "Grand Prix," will begin directing the picture next year in the Southeast section of the country."Lure of Darkness" is a contemporary mystery set in an economically depressed town in the deep South. No castings have been announced.