Call Me By Your Name, Too? A distinct possibility.
Riding high on Academy Award nods, director Luca Guadagnino is being a coy little minx and suggesting there could be more Elio, more Oliver, more penetrated peaches, and more lyrical pep talks by peculiarly open-minded, empathic father figures.
To hear Guadagnino say it, the continued story would revolve around the AIDS epidemic, which wasn’t even mentioned in the original film, nor in the book it’s based on by André Aciman.
“I think it’s going to be a very relevant part of the story,” Guadagnino tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think Elio will be a cinephile, and I’d like him to be in a movie theatre watching Paul Vecchiali’s Once More. That could be the first scene…”
(Incidentally, Vecciali’s 1988 film was the first French movie to center around AIDS.)
Guadagnino wants the Call Me By Your Name universe to expand, even portraying the characters at various phases of their lives. Wizened, jaded Elio. Wistful deathbed Oliver. The possibilities sprawl.
“Call Me can be the first chapter,” he says.
“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?”
Guadagnino also hinted at a sequel talking to Gay Times last year:
“Maybe in time we’ll be able to tell more stories about these people….
“I’ve spoken to [the book’s author] André about that and, yeah, André is up for it.”