Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is reportedly planning a sequel to this year’s much acclaimed festival smash hit “Call Me By Your Name”. The follow-up would expand on a coda in the original Andre Aciman 2007 novel on which the film is based.
In this year’s film, then 20-year-old Timothee Chalamet and 29-year-old Armie Hammer star as 17-year-old Elio and 24-year-old American doctoral student Oliver who embark on a passionate relationship one summer in the 1980s while both are living at Elio’s parents’ villa in Italy.
Guadagnino, appearing at the BFI London Film Festival, spoke of his sequel plans during a Q&A: “I want to do a sequel because Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems. The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up.”
The sequel would be set seven years later and Guadagnino says his ideal scenario would be for the second film to be made for a 2020 release. This would put Chalamet about the same age as his character, while Hammer would be just two years older (as opposed to five years older like in the first).
In the original book, Elio and Oliver meet up 15 years later in the United States with Oliver now married with a wife and children. Guadagnino says unlike the book, Elio’s character won’t necessarily turn out to be gay: “I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man. He hasn’t found his place yet. I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia [Esther Garrel’s character] again.”
Additionally, Guadagnino says there’s appeal in the new film’s 1990 setting: “It is the time of the fall of communism and the start of the new world order and the so-called ‘The End of History’ that Francis Fukuyama established then. It would be the beginning of the Berlusconi era in Italy and it would mean dealing with the war of Iraq.”
In fact Guadagnino says should it be successful, he’s envisaging Elio being a recurring fictional character in future filmsala Antoine Doinel in Francois Truffaut’s features.
“Call Me By Your Name” opens in U.S. cinemas on November 24th.