People who just can’t get enough of seeing a curly-topped twink climb on top of a beefy American mountain named Mt. Hammer (I’m talking to you, James Woods) got their lives made when director Luca Guadagnino said a few months ago that he’s hoping Call Me By Your Name will turn into a series of movies like that Before Sunrise shit starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Luca did a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he said that he’s already working on ideas for Call Me By Your Name 2: Electric Peachaloo.
The novel by André Aciman ends with how the lives of Elio (played by Timothée Chalamet in the movie) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) play out over the next 20 years. The movie doesn’t cover that, so Luca wants to cover it in several movies. The book takes place in 1987, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, but the movie takes place in 1983. Luca says he’s going to get into AIDS in the sequel, which he thinks will pick up 5 years after the first movie.
“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 (a 1988 film about a man who falls in love with a man after he leaves his wife, which was the first French movie to deal with AIDS.) That could be the first scene [in the sequel].
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?”
Okay, but Luca didn’t say anything about what happens to the novel and movie’s most popular character: the peach! In the movie (SPOILER ALERT), Elio creams into a peach, and Oliver almost eats it. We don’t know what happens to the peach after that. We need to know what happens to the peach! I can see it now… As Elio leaves the movie theater in 1988, he’s stopped on the street by a really familiar-looking peach, and behind that familiar-looking peach is a smaller peach with curly hair. A moody Sufjan Stevens song plays as Elio’s eyes widen and he realizes that he, Elio Elio Elio, is a daddy-o daddy-o daddy-0. I swear I’m not stoned. I think.
Here’s Luca, Timothée and Armie at a photo call for CMBYN in Rome two days ago: