Call me by your name, but don’t refer to it as a sequel.
Call Me By Your Name (2017) filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, who worked with Timothée Chalamet, wants to make a follow-up to the Oscar-winning film, but refuses to call it a sequel.
“A sequel is an American concept,” the director said in an interview with IndieWire at the Telluride Film Festival. “It’s more like the chronicles of Elio, the chronicles of this young boy becoming a man. It is something I want to do.”
The original film follows 1980s Italian teenager Elio (Chalamet) in a summer of intense romance with his father’s research assistant, Oliver (played by Armie Hammer, who lost his career to an alleged sexual assault).
The romantic drama received critical acclaim and awards, winning an Oscar for James Ivory’s adapted screenplay. It was also nominated for three other Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Chalamet.
Guadagnino has since expressed interest in making another film based on Chalamet’s character, if all goes well.
“The truth of the matter is, my heart is still there, but I’m working on this movie [Bones and All] now, and I’m hopefully going to do Scarface soon, and I have many projects and so will focus on this side of the Atlantic and the movies I want to make,” the filmmaker said in an interview with Deadline last year.
Guadagnino Suggests Another Go with Chalamet
Before that, Guadagnino told an Italian publication called Gay. It! that he plans to collaborate with a writer he loves “very much” about making a sequel following Ivory’s statement that he won’t return.
However, the pandemic happened, and like the rest of us, he could not travel.
Luckily, Guadagnino and Chalamet reunited in Bones and All, a film about a budding cannibal romance recently launched at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, where it had been given a massive nod.
Guadagnino revealed to IndieWire that he had always considered Chalamet for a future team-up.
“It’s not as if I left Timothée at the height of his booming success, and then I found him four years later,” Guadagnino said. “We kept close. I knew that there was not much time to wait until we worked together, but only for the right project.”
Bones and All premieres on November 23.
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