'Call Me By Your Name' Director Says Film's Sequel will Take On AIDS Epidemic

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Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer heat up the big screen in “Call Me by Your Name.” Credit: Sony Classics Pictures.

(EDGE) Director Luca Guadagnino has teased the sequel to his gay-coming-of-age drama "Call Me By Your Name" for awhile now. But he recently offered an update about what the planned second installment will be about.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Guadagnino said he'd like focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80s. "Call Me By Your Name" takes place in Italy1983, unlike the book its based on, which is set in 1987 - the height of the epidemic. 

"I think it's going to be a very relevant part of the story," the openly gay filmmaker told THR. "I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I'd like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali's 'Once More.'"

That 1988 film is about a man who falls in love with a man after leaving his wife. It was one of the first French movie to deal with AIDS. 

"That could be the first scene [in the sequel]," Guadagnino said. 

He also added that he hopes his "Call Me By Your Name" movies will be like the "Before Sunrise" series, directed by Richard Linklater and follows a couple's blossoming relationship over several decades. 

"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," Guadagnino told THR. "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?"

EDGE's own arts and entertainment editor took issue with "Call Me By Your Name" for its lack of realism, specifically its decision to not mention the AIDS epidemic. Read more about that by clicking here.

"Call Me By Your Name" earned four Oscar nominations this week, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Timothee Chalamet. It was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song.


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