It was 2017 when cult queer film, Call Me By Your Name hit cinemas. Initially an indie film based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, it swiftly blew up, and before we knew it, we were all thinking about peaches through a completely different lens. Since then, while the mirage and yearn for a sweltering summer in Northern Italy hasn't worn off, the Call Me By Your Name effect somewhat has, and it would appear we are not the only ones who feel this way. Despite his previous confirmation that a Call Me By Your Name sequel was set to be going ahead, director Luca Guadagnino has now revealed that it's a project he will unlikely revisit.
There are reportedly a lot of factors at play - not just Armie Hammer's horrific sexual abuse allegations. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer were, of course, on track to reprise their roles in the adaptation of André Aciman’s follow-up novel, Find Me. That is until Hammer's allegations were stacked against him and he was dropped from multiple productions along with his management (rightfully), Chalamet started to book a role in every upcoming film, and Guadagnino moved into the role of directing a slew of thoughtful horror movies.
“The truth of the matter is, my heart is still there, but I’m working on this movie now, 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.” Guadagnino told Deadline while shooting his upcoming cannibal film, Bones & All.
A disappointing, but realistic fate considering the circumstances. Goodbye CMBYN sequel, hello pining for Elio's parent's residence for the rest of our days.
While we let go of the old, we may as well welcome the new with the forthcoming Bones & All, a film in which a number of his former collaborators will unite, including Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Chloë Sevigny and Francesca Scorsese.
For those who don't yet know, The film is a story of first love between Maren, "a young cannibalistic woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey which takes them through the back roads, hidden passages, and trap doors of Ronald Reagan’s America." Deadline reports.
“I’ve been totally influenced by the American culture, American cinema and now, American landscape, so I’m very happy and proud that I’ve finally come to this shore,” Guadagnino told Deadline. “The last few months have been amazing for me, getting to know this part of the country, which is beautiful and unseen.”
First love is looking a little different to Guadagnino these days.