Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has put plans on hold for the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 romantic film.
It appears he has abandoned the idea in favor of other projects, including a reunion with Timothée Chalamet and Call Me By Your Name’s Michael Stuhlbarg for his latest movie, Bones & All, which began filming on Thursday.
“The truth is, my heart is still there,” said Guadagnino Deadline of the sequel, before stretching into its already packed agenda for years to come.
Continued sidelined: director Luca Guadagnino, 49, appears to have put the sequel to acclaimed 2017 film Call Me By Your Name (2017) on the back burner in favor of new projects
“But I’m working on this movie right now, and hopefully I’ll be doing Scarface soon, and I have a lot of projects and so will focus on this side of the Atlantic and the movies I want to make.”
Guadagnino, 49, first began deliberating on the idea of a sequel around the time the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.
He has since made statements about his hopes of making the film in 2020, confirming that the full cast of the original would return, including Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
A sequel to the novel, Call Me By Your Name, titled Find Me, was also released in October 2019 for convenience.
Continued long discussed: Guadagnino first began deliberating on the idea of a Call Me By Your Name sequel around the time it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017; the romantic coming-of-age drama starring Chalamet and Armie Hammer
But all the talk is in the background as Guadagnino is completely engulfed in the production of Bones & All, a romance horror film written by David Kajganich based on a novel by Camille DeAngelis.
Complicating things further: Chalamet is likely to star in sequel to the highly anticipated Dune, and he’s slated to play a young Willy Wonka in an original story movie.
Meanwhile, Hammer has seen his career take a big hit since multiple women came forward in January 2021, claiming Hammer had abused them. Just two months later, the woman who initially came forward with allegations of abuse on Instagram identified herself and accused Hammer of violently raping her in April 2017, which the actor steadfastly denied.
Plus, James Ivory, who won an Oscar for adapting André Aciman’s novel for the screen, recounted The movie stage in 2018 that he ‘wouldn’t want to be involved’ in a sequel.
Acclaimed: Call Me By You Name received four Oscar nominations (winning Best Adapted Screenplay) and widespread critical acclaim, most notably for directing Guadagnino, Ivory’s screenplay and performances by Chalamet, Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me By Your Name premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and began limited release in November of the same year.
It would receive widespread critical acclaim, particularly for Guadagnino’s direction, Ivory’s screenplay, and Chalamet, Hammer, and Stuhlbarg’s performances.
It quickly gained a large international fan base after a number of awards, including four Oscar nominations at the 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Original Song (Mystery Of Love by Sufjan Stevens), and Ivory’s win for Best Edited Screenplay.
Call Me By Your Name describes the romantic relationship between a 17-year-old, Elio Perlman (Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old student assistant to Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an archeology professor.
The romantic coming-of-age drama also starred Amira Casar, Esther Garrel and Victoire Du Bois.
Heartbreaking: The film describes the romantic relationship between a 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Chalamet) and Oliver (Hammer), a 24-year-old student assistant to Elio’s father (Stuhlbarg), an archeology professor