Will ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Become the Next Big Gay Film Franchise?

Will ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Become the Next Big Gay Film Franchise?

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The 2017 film Call Me By Your Name has become a critical success, and you’ll find it on most gay men’s best films of the year list. Well, gird your loins! A number of Call Me By Your Name sequels may be on the horizon.

In a recent interview with The GuardianCall My By Your Name‘s director Luca Guadagnino said more films may be coming:

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 [series], 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.

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This isn’t just a flight of fancy from a director bored of interviews. Guadagnino has talked about sequels before. Last October he said his ideal timeline would for the first of the Call Me By Your Name sequels to debut in 2020. He told Screen Daily, “If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée [Chalamet], in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.” Likewise, Armie Hammer would be 34 in 2020, and Hammer’s character would be a relatively close 31.

In the original book, Elio and Oliver meet up again 15 years later. Oliver is married with a wife and kids. But Guadagnino has said he may or may not follow the original story for his Call Me By Your Name sequels. He also said that he’s not sure if Elio is gay. Gaudagnino said, “I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man. He hasn’t found his place yet. I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia [Esther Garrel’s character] again.”

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Guadagnino referred to Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel in that interview, too. While he might not be sharing the details yet, it sounds like Guadagnino’s definitely working out the story in his head. At any rate, it would be interesting to have another art-film franchise.

And who knows? Maybe in 40 years he’ll sell the rights to Disney to make new Call Me By Your Name sequels every year until the end of time.

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