Call Me By Your Name could be turned into a series of films
The Golden Globe-nominated film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ could get its own series of films telling the story after the end of the plot.
The film starred Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet as gay lovers.
A gay love story, the film a hit with critics at the Sundance Film Festival, as was director Luis Guadagnino’s previous film ‘I Am Love’.
He almost didn’t direct the film, which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.
But now Guadagnino has hinted that he would be interested in directing more films following on from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ in the same universe.
Speaking to the Guardian, Guadagnino said: “These characters are so fantastic, and I want to know what happens to them.
“The last 40 pages of the book tell you about 20 years in the life of Oliver and Elio. So I started to think about Michael Apted’s Up, and the cycle of films Truffaut devoted to the character of Antoine Doinel.
“And I thought, maybe it’s not a question of sequel, it’s a question of chronicling everyone in this film. I think seeing these characters growing in the bodies of these actors will be quite fantastic.”
The film was nominated for three gongs at the 2018 Golden Globes which included Best Film.
Guadagnino previously addressed the controversy over casting straight actors in the queer roles.
Actors Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet were cast in the film over any out gay talent.
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He said: “This film is about the blossoming of love and desire, no matter where it comes from and toward what. So I couldn’t have ever thought of casting with any sort of gender agenda. I think people are so beautiful and complex as creatures that as much as I am fascinated with gender theory — I’ve studied [American gender theorist] Judith Butler for so long — I prefer much more never to investigate or label my performers in any way.
“I only cast the actors and actresses I fall in love with — truly having an emotion for them, an anticipation and enthusiasm when seeing them — and I believe that my emotional confidence in them blends into chemistry. It’s always been like that, and I hope I won’t be wrong in the future.”
Guadagnino also answered questions about why there are no explicit gay sex scenes in the film.
He says: “I wasn’t interested at all. The tone would’ve been very different from what I was looking for. I wanted the audience to completely rely on the emotional travel of these people and feel first love. I didn’t want the audience to find any difference or discrimination toward these characters.
“It was important to me to create this powerful universality, because the whole idea of the movie is that the other person makes you beautiful — enlightens you, elevates you. The other is often confronted with rejection, fear or a sense of dread, but the welcoming of the other is a fantastic thing to do, particularly in this historical moment.”
Check out a trailer for the film here.