Luca Guadagnino Still Planning 'Call Me by Your Name' Sequel

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday September 10, 2022
Originally published on September 7, 2022

Timothée Chalamet and director Luca Guadagnino
Timothée Chalamet and director Luca Guadagnino   (Source:Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has confirmed that he still intends to make a sequel to his 2017 gay romance "Call My by Your Name," and that the followup would focus on Timothée Chalamet's character, Elio.

The director, whose new collab with Chalamet, "Bones and All," has just received its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, dismissed the idea that another movie with Chalamet in the role of Elio would be a sequel.

"A sequel is an American concept," Guadagnino told IndieWire in an interview conducted while the director was 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."

There was no word on whether Chalamet's "Call Me..." co-star, Armie Hammer, would also feature in any possible sequel. The novel on which Guadagnino's film was based, by André Aicman, did have a sequel, AV Club noted, but even if Guadagnino were to base another film on Aicman's novels, he could recast Hammer's part, or simply avoid bringing him back into the story. "Find Me," Aicman's sequel, "released in 2019, saw Elio pursue a different relationship before reuniting with Oliver," AV Club detailed.

Reports noted once more that in "Bones and All" — also based on a novel, in this case by Camille DeAngelis — Chalamet plays a cannibal in a romance, and hearkened back to the scandals that derailed Hammer's career — allegations of domestic abuse against Hammer and messages seemingly referencing cannibalism.

As previously reported at EDGE, Guadagnino denied that his new film had anything to do with the saga around Hammer.

"I realized this afterward when I started to be told of some of these innuendos on social media," Guadagnino told Deadline last month, adding: "Any link with anything else exists only in the realm of social media, with which I do not engage."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.