The novel Call Me By Your Name, written by André Aciman, was turned into the critically-acclaimed 2017 film starring Armie Hammer and Timotheé Chalamet. It followed the romantic relationship between seventeen-year-old Elio and twenty-four-year-old Oliver.
Fans of the book, as well as the film’s stars, have been clamoring for a sequel. Early in December, Aciman answered their prayers and tweeted that he was writing a new story.
I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one.
Now, the title and publication date has been revealed.
Titled Find Me, it fill follow Elio, Oliver, and Elio’s father Samuel as they all go on separate personal journeys that will test all of their individual relationships several years after the events of the first novel.
“The world of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ never left me. Though I created the characters and was the author of their lives, what I never expected was that they’d end up teaching me things about intimacy and about love that I didn’t quite think I knew until I’d put them down on paper. The film made me realize that I wanted to be back with them and watch them over the years — which is why I wrote ‘Find Me’.”
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.
Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino let slip a few nuggets of information regarding the upcoming sequel to the hit book adaptation in his New Yorker profile.
Guadagnino wants Dakota Johnson for the role of Armie Hammer’s character Oliver’s wife. Johnson and Guadagnino have worked together recently on films A Bigger Splash and Suspiria.
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2017 Oscar-winner Call Me By Your Namewas based on the novel of the same name by Andre Aciman, who has never penned a sequel, and so the upcoming film has no source material, and new characters are still being conceived.
Guadagnino said that Oliver’s wife “has to be a New England kind of hoochie woman,” adding that the couple will “have, maybe, five children.”
The story is set to continue five years after the events of the original, with Oliver supposedly about five years into his marriage to the women to whom he tells Elio, played by Timothee Chalamet, he is engaged towards the end of Aciman’s novel. Chalamet has said he is “1000%’ on board, and has has compared the time-lapse between the two films to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
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