Call Me By Your Name might have one of the most bittersweet (if ultimately hopeful) endings in queer cinematic history, but director Luca Guadagnino is hinting that the story doesn’t actually have to end with Timothee Chalamet crying dramatically in front of a fireplace for ten minutes.
While Guadagnino has already floated the idea of a sequel, he is now suggesting the idea of a whole Call Me By Your Name series, a la Richard Linklater’s similarly romantic Before Sunrise trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
“The novel has 40 pages at the end that goes through the next 20 years of the lives of Elio and Oliver, so there is some sort of indication through the intention of author Andre Aciman that the story can continue,” Guadagnino told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “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.”
Guadagnino also said he plans to explore the impact of the 1980s AIDS crisis on Elio/Oliver’s relationship, adding, “I think it’s going to be a very relevant part of the story.” When Guadagnino initially adapted Call Me By Your Name for the screen, he set the story in the early ‘80s, thus eschewing the novel’s late ‘80s setting and any references to the AIDS crisis.
So does this mean Elio and Oliver might actually end up together in the sequels? Or will they just spend two entire movies wandering around vaguely European cities talking about art or whatever, like in the Before Sunrise movies? And will Luca Guadagnino finally earn an Oscar nomination for a Call Me installment? Also, as Elio and Oliver get older, will the sequels be called Call Me By Your Midlife Crisis Side Piece’s Name and Call Me By Your AARP Number?
We are obviously obsessed with the idea of a ‘90s-set Call Me sequel in which Oliver leaves his wife after Will & Grace premieres and normalizes gayness for America. Somehow, the prospect of a Call Me trilogy without an ultimately happy ending seems cruel and unusual. In any case, we’re just hoping that the Call Me trilogy is definitely more along the lines of Before Sunrise than Fifty Shades of Grey. Our country is the leader of the Free World goddammit, and we have a responsibility to make non-shitty romantic trilogies.