Director Luca Guadagnino has said that he will make a decision on a potential Call Me By Your Name sequel after receiving an advanced copy of the now-completed novel.
André Aciman, the author of Call Me By Your Name, had previously confirmed plans to continue Elio and Oliver’s story with an official sequel to the book. The book, entitled Find Me, will be published in October 2019 much to the delight of fans who were swept away in the film adaptation by Guadagnino two years ago.
While Guadagnino has been tight-lipped about potentially making the new novel into a follow-up film, the director revealed at Cannes that he has been in contact with the author: “I’ve been having conversations with Andre [about the film sequel] anyway but I’m curious to see what he came up with,” says Guadagnino in an interview with Screen Daily.
Despite Guadagnino not yet officially signing on for the sequel, the film’s stars Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer confirmed their involvement in Call Me By Your Name 2.
Michael Stuhlbarg, who played the role of Elio Perlman’s father in the film, has said that both director Guadagnino and writer and author of the original book Andrée Aciman are excited about the prospect of a second film.
Now, in a new interview with Time magazine, Chalamet confirmed that has discussed the idea with his co-star: “I don’t see any world where [the sequel] doesn’t happen. I think Andre is comfortable with a sequel being made. I know Luca really wants it. And I know Armie and I are 1000% in.”
The original film, which was heavily represented at the 90th Academy Awards, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chalamet), Best Original Song and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning the latter.
“He [Guadagnino] seems to think that we might be able to pick up the action a few years later,” Stuhlbarg continued, “to see what’s happened to these characters and the choices they’ve made, and life after this particularly momentous summer for them all. But it sounds like something he’s serious about, and André Aciman is thrilled I think at the idea.”
Stuhlberg then delved deeper, adding that Aciman’s original book could provide more material for a second film: “There are portions of the book that we didn’t mine as thoroughly,” he said.
“I’m curious about it myself and I would be thrilled to be a part of any kind of a sequel. It was a very special experience for all of us. I think it would have to be some kind of unique thing from what it was, but I would absolutely be game for trying.”