One of the most popular films in award show circuits right now is the gay romance drama, Call Me By Your Name. Though it’s not the type of film that usually garners a sequel, director Luca Guadagnino has been teasing that possibility for months now.
In a new interview, Guadagnino says the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s would likely be a major story point in the sequel.
The novel upon which the movie is based takes place in 1987, at the very heart of the epidemic, but Guadagnino chose to move the timeframe back to 1983 for the film version.
Guadagnino compares any future sequels to Call Me By Your Name to director Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise film series.
The original was released in 1995 and was followed by two sequels: Before Sunset in 2004 and Before Midnight in 2013, each moving the love story forward by significant leaps in time.
“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,” says Guadagnino.
“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?”
Call Me By Your Name was nominated for four Oscars at this year’s upcoming 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Among the nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Song (“Mystery of Love”).