Even though Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation of André Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name was sort of a flop, there have been rumblings about a potential sequel (or sequels) since it was released late last year. Back in October of 2017, Guadagnino said he wanted to make a sequel because the actors are all “gems” he’d love to work with again, adding, “We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up.”
Some months later, he explained that he envisions several sequels over a long period of time, comparing them to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. Said Guadagnino:
“The novel has 40 pages at the end that goes through the next 20 years of the lives of Elio and Oliver, so there is some sort of indication through the intention of author Andre Aciman that the story can continue... If the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want—and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?”
It was fun to think about! But then everyone stopped talking about Call Me By Your Name, and instead focused on Guadgnino’s upcoming Susperia remake and Timothee Chalamet’s Oscar bait-y role in Beautiful Boy and press tour-ready new haircut. We hadn’t heard about these alleged sequels in a while, but thanks to Armie Hammer’s big mouth, the rumors are back in the news.
“How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things. I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything... The only thing I want to see is I want to see it happen. I want to do it again.”
I’m still in. The lives of these characters can only get more interesting.