Director of Call Me By Your Name (scheduled for theatrical release on November 24, 2017) Luca Guadagnino is planning a sequel to the lush film set in 1980s picturesque Italy. In the vein of Richard Linklater’s film series—Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight—that reunites lovers Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) over a period of years, characters Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) shall meet up years later in a 2020 follow-up project. Based on an Andre Aciman novel of the same title, Call Me By Your Name (already an arthouse darling even before wide release), entails the first love of 17-year-old Elio with 20ish Oliver who is doing summer work study with Elio’s professor dad. Guadagnino’s second installment will be set in 1990, reflecting the world changes.
“It is the time of the fall of communism and the start of the new world order and the so-called ‘The End of History’ that Francis Fukuyama established then,” the director stated. “It would be the beginning of the Berlusconi era in Italy and it would mean dealing with the war of Iraq.”
The 1990 sexual identity of Elio is not certain, according to Guadagnino, as the sequel will include a mature relationship with returning character Marzia (Esther Garrel).
Sony Pictures Classics will release Call Me By Your Name on Black Friday of this year (you know, the day after Thanksgiving when everyone goes apeshit over holiday sales at the mall).