‘Call Me By Your Name’ sequel talks scuppered by coronavirus

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer would return for the Call Me By Your Name sequel. (Image by Sony Pictures Classic)

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has provided an update on the long touted sequel to the critically acclaimed romantic drama. 

Guadagnino recently told Gay.it, via The Playlist, that he was actually about to visit a screenwriter to discuss the second part of Call Me By Your Name.

“I was going to America to meet a writer I love very much, whose name I don’t want to mention, to talk about the second part,” admitted Guadagnino, which suggests that this screenwriter isn’t James Ivory, who not only wrote the 2017 film, but won the Best Adapted Screenplay for doing so, too.

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Guadagnino wasn’t able to make the trip, though, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen international flights across the world cancelled. 

(L-R) Armie Hammer, director Luca Guadagnino and Timothee Chalamet attend London Film Critics' Circle Awards 2018 at The Mayfair Hotel on January 28, 2018. (Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

But while this has undoubtedly pushed any plans for the sequel to Call Me By Your Name back, Guadagnino appears adamant that the film will still be made, as he added, “Of course, it’s a great pleasure to work with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stulhbarg, Esther Garrel, and the other actors. They will all be there in the new film.”

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Guadagnino has long spoken of making a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, although he has also noted that both Hammer and Chalamet, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance, would need to age for the film. 

An adaptation of Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, Call Me By Your Name revolves around the romantic relationship between Chalamet’s Elio and Hammer’s Oliver during the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, during which time Oliver works as the graduate assistant to Elio’s father Samuel, played by Stuhlbarg.