With André Aciman, author of the best selling novel behind Oscar-winning romance, Call Me By Your Name, announcing he is writing a sequel, might we also see the story adapted for cinema?
Returning to the story of Elio and Oliver, romance lovers are already keen to see what Aciman has in store for the future of the heart-warming tale.
A coming-of-age story, the plot details a poignant summer romance between teenager Elio, (played by Timothée Chalamet) and graduate student, Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) set in Italy.
The 2007 novel was adapted to the screen last year and ends with the two protagonists still young and very much in love. The novel however, hints at their futures, showing a meeting between Elio and Oliver two decades after the main plot finishes, which the film does not illustrate.
Aciman expressed on Twitter that readers would soon be given further insight into the lives of his characters: “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. In fact I am writing one.”
With excitement already circulating, director Luca Guadagnino, has been clear about his plans to follow the story with not only a sequel, but a series of follow up films. He expressed earlier this year to the Hollywood Reporter:
“The novel has 40 pages at the end that go through the next 20 years of the lives of Elio and Oliver, so there is some sort of indication through the intention of [the author] that the story can continue.
“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?”
Oscar winning screenplay writer, James Ivory, who adapted the text from novel to film, expressed concern surrounding future films, and seemed unconvinced in the future success of a franchise coming forth.
He remarked to the Film Stage last week that he couldn’t see his involvement in future screenplay developments for Call Me By Your Name.
“André Aciman just laughed at the idea to me. He said it was not a good idea. They can’t do a sequel, I think, without him being on board. It’s his characters and his story. But that seems to have died down a bit. I haven’t heard much about it lately.”
Aciman’s change of heart however might see Ivory having similar though processes. With fans already excited, time will tell what the future holds for Elio and Oliver.