Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into plans for a sequel to the award-winning romance drama “Call Me By Your Name,” saying the film has now been put on the backburner.
Almost everyone involved in the original from actors Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet to original author Andre Aciman have expressed interest in returning (and reservations about not screwing up the magic of the first). Guadagnino has also openly discussed how he wants to make the film, and many have compared the potential follow-ups as Guadagnino’s version of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy.
“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. Unfortunately, everything is canceled. 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.”
Aciman released his long-awaited book sequel “Find Me” last Fall, though it’s not clear how much of that sequel will be used in the potential film.