In January 2018, box offices saw the rise of a surprise smash hit—Call Me By Your Name, a film adaptation of an obscure queer bildungsroman. The story explores the summer romance between two lovers, each of whom is coming of age in his own distinct way. Elio, a teenager, is just discovering the world. Oliver, a graduate student, is still learning to inhabit it. In November 2017, just months before the adaptation, André Aciman‘s novel had sold only 618 copies. Now—over ten years after the novel’s publication—Aciman is writing a sequel.
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Just this month, Aciman tweeted: “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. In fact I am writing one.” The author isn’t the only one interested in the project—the film’s stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet have both publicly expressed their enthusiasm. Chalamet responded: “I don’t see any world where it doesn’t happen. I think André is comfortable with a sequel being made. And I know Armie and I are 1,000 percent in.” Hammer confirmed Chalamet’s remarks: “BOOOOOOOOM!”
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Only screenwriter James Ivory is out, citing disbelief that a sequel would be possible. “I can’t imagine having to make Timothée Chalamet look forty-five,” Ivory remarked. “I mean, that would be horrendous and so fake looking.” Ivory’s comments clearly referenced the novel’s epilogue, which takes place over the next fifteen years of Elio and Oliver’s lives. Fans should be relieved that there’s no evidence to suggest that the sequel takes place that far in the future.
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What might viewers and readers alike expect to see in Aciman’s sequel instead? Director Luca Guadagnino imagines a sequel set in 1990, “the time of the fall of communism and the start of the new world order and the so-called ‘The End of History.'” He also has strong ideas about the characters—including the firm belief that Elio would not yet be ready to embrace his identity as a gay man. (Maybe because he’s obviously bisexual? We can hope.) “I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia again,” Guadagnino commented. While Aciman himself hasn’t given more detailed insight into the contents of the sequel, fans are eagerly waiting for updates.
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