Director Luca Guadagnino Casts Doubt on Call Me By Your Name Sequel

Director Luca Guadagnino Casts Doubt on Call Me By Your Name Sequel

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Director Luca Guadagnino Casts Doubt on Call Me By Your Name Sequel

It looks like we won't be headed back to the Italian Villa any time soon.

It looks like we won't be headed back to the Italian Villa any time soon.

Image via Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics).

To fans of the coming-of-age romantic drama, Call Me By Your Name, who were expecting a part two to Elio and Oliver’s love story: don’t get your hopes up. The upcoming sequel for the Best Picture Oscar nominee seems to have been shelved by director Luca Guadagnino in a recent interview with Deadline.

The first film, which launched Timothée Chalamet to stardom following its release in 2018, gained a cult following. It was also met with a flurry of criticisms about the often overdone age-gap trope played out in gay romance films. Fans were nonetheless looking forward to a continuation of the story. 

Currently, Guadagnino has several movies in the works, including a horror movie titled Bones & All featuring Call Me By Your Name lead, Timothée Chalamet. While he - and the rest of the cast - had been teasing a CMBYN sequel for years, when questioned last week about the film, Guadagnino seemed doubtful.

“The truth of the matter is, my heart is still there, but I’m working on this movie now,” Guadagnino told Deadline, of the sequel. “and I’m hopefully going to do Scarface soon, and I have many projects and so will focus on this side of the Atlantic and the movies I want to make.”

Long story short: it sounds like the second CMBYN film isn’t happening. At least not any time soon.

Excitement for the sequel was already dampened after a series of shocking allegations against Chalamet’s co-star, Armie Hammer. Hammer was recently dropped by his publicist and agency, and has been shunned by much of Hollywood and beyond for his off-screen behavior. This sequel has already been on shaky grounds for months, considering much of the magic of the first film was the chemistry between the two actors. 

While the fate of the future of the second Call Me By Your Name is uncertain, you can still get your Timothée Chalamet fix elsewhere. Although we may not see him as Elio again, the 25-year-old breakout star has a pretty packed schedule. He has just been slated to play the titular role in Wonka, the Willy Wonka origin story, in addition to his role in Bones & All.

Read more about Chalamet's upcoming role in Wonka here.

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