You might not have seen the last of Elio and Oliver.
Earlier this month Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino teased how he would like to revisit the characters from the Oscar-nominated film, and now he has revealed details on what audiences can expect from Call Me By Your Name 2: Oliver’s Return—or whatever it will be called.
The book that the movie was based on follows the next two decades in the characters’ lives, but the director decided to leave that part of the story out of his film adaptation. But after the critical success of Call Me By Your Name, Guadagnino may want to explore things further.
“These characters are so fantastic, and I want to know what happens to them,” Guadagnino said in an interview with The Guardian. “The last 40 pages of the book tell you about 20 years in the life of Oliver and Elio.”
The director wants Call Me By your Name to go the Before Sunrise route and have the characters cross paths every few years in the future.
“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I’d like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali’s Once More,” a 1988 film that dealt with gay love and AIDS,” Guadagnino recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “That could be the first scene [in the sequel]… [HIV] is going to be a very relevant part of the story.”
“In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter of the chronicles of the life of these people that we met in this movie, and if the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want — and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?”
No word yet on when fans can expect a sequel, but if Call Me By Your Name takes home some awards on Oscar night a second installment will be fast-tracked.
As long as Sufjan Stevens is free to add some more gorgeous original music.