Armie Hammer has said a sequel to Call Me By Your Name is definitely in the works—despite the original film’s screenwriter speaking out against the idea.
There’s been a lot of buzz about a rumoured follow-up to the hit gay romance, which starred Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
Screenwriter James Ivory, who adapted André Aciman’s novel for the first film, has criticised the idea and described discussion of it as “nonsense,” but director Luca Guadagnino and the cast have continued to talk up the prospect of another film being made.
If Armie Hammer has anything to do with it, it sounds like a second film is still in the works.
In an interview with Variety, he insisted: “It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”
Hammer teased: “How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things. I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”
He added: “More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around.
“The only thing I want to see is I want to see it happen. I want to do it again.
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“I miss the whole crew. It was such a special time. It was such a collaborative, unique, and totally immersive filming experience that I never really had, nor since. If we get to do another one, I’ll feel really lucky.”
He conspicuously did not name-check Ivory while referencing Guadagnino and Aciman’s involvement in a sequel.
The screenwriter told the newspaper: “Luca would say that [he wants a sequel], having had a great success with it. But one wonders how you would cast such a film. You can’t make up Timothee Chalamet to look, say, 40. That would be terrible!”
Ivory also specified that fundamental to the original story was that Elio “might have had a disappointment with Oliver but you knew within a very short time he was going to have all kinds of a successful love life.”
He added: “I asked that the other day. I saw Andre Aciman three or four weeks ago, at my house. I said ‘What’s all this about a sequel?’ He said ‘Nonsense! There’s not going to be any sequel.’”
A plot outline for the second film was previously teased by actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Elio’s dad.
He told Far Out Magazine: “[Guadagnino] seems to think that we might be able to pick up the action a few years later, to see what’s happened to these characters and the choices they’ve made, and life after this particularly momentous summer for them all.
“But it sounds like something he’s serious about, and André Aciman is thrilled I think at the idea.”