By Stephan Lee
February 14, 2013 at 07:03 PM EST

The movie version of Beautiful Creatures comes out today, and Margaret Stohl — who co-authored that series with Kami Garcia — is ready to launch a new franchise, beginning with Icons (coming May 7). Plus, EW can exclusively report that Alcon Entertainment (also behind Beautiful Creatures) has hired Massy Tadjedin as screenwriter of the Icons film. See the animated cover of Icons below:

The official plot description:

Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid. She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy. Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Are you excited for Icons? Are you planning on seeing Beautiful Creatures?

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