“Call Me By Your Name” is set for release Nov. 24, but director Luca Guadagnino is already working on a sequel. Guadagnino recently revealed during an interview at the BFI London Film Festival that a follow up film will follow a format similar to Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, picking up the narrative three years later. According to IndieWire, the director said of his plans:
“I want to do a sequel because Timothée 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. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.”
“Call Me By Your Name,” an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, follows 17-year-old Elio’s relationship with his first true love, the older twenty-something Oliver, during one steamy Italian summer. The film starred Timothée Chalamet (“Interstellar”) and Armie Hammer (“Nocturnal Animals”) as the couple, with Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”), Amira Casar (“Versailles”) and Esther Garrel (“House of Tolerance”) in supporting roles. The film notably left out the novel’s original epilogue, which sees Oliver married–to a woman– with some children and a white picket fence, leaving the story open for another installment. Guadagnino’s proposed plan to pick up the story three years later would be plausible, allowing for further narrative without changing Aciman’s ultimate ending for Oliver.
Guadagnino also expanded on Elio’s uncertainty about his sexuality, negating the idea that Elio would call himself a gay man three years after his love affair. He continued:
“I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man. He hasn’t found his place yet,” he said. “I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia [Esther Garrel’s character] again.”
“Call Me By Your Name” has been the golden child since its premiere at Sundance, recently earning standing ovations at its screening at the New York Film Festival. The film won the People’s Choice Award for best narrative feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival and snagging five nominations from various international festivals.
“Call Me By Your Name” comes to theaters Nov. 24. Watch the trailer below.