It would seem lightning can strike twice. On Monday, the acclaimed author André Aciman announced the news everyone wanted to hear via Twitter: that he is writing a follow up to his award-winning novel, widely popularised by Luca Guadanino’s film adaptation last year.
I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one.
— André Aciman (@aaciman) December 4, 2018
Already, fans of the first instalment have gone into full meltdown, flooding the post with excitement and anticipation for this second chapter.
For those not familiar with Aciman’s 2007 elegy – in the summer of 1983, Elio, a quiet 17 year-old, and Oliver, a doctoral student, embark on a journey of self-discovery and desire in rural northern Italy. Through Aciman’s intense attention to narrative detail, readers feel Elio’s torrent of emotions, obsession, and skin-to-skin contact with Oliver.
Taking a mere four months to write, the book received stellar reviews, winning Best Gay Fiction at the 20th Lambda Literary Awards. And yet, Aciman explained to Vulture in 2017, because there was, “So much interiority, it made no sense to film it.”
However, the vision of Luca Guadanino as director, and James Ivory as screenplay writer, transformed Elio and Oliver’s passion from book to box office. As the final instalment of Guadanino’s Desire trilogy, this story of sexual awakening was met with critical acclaim, propelling Timothée Chalamet into stratospheric fame after he picked up the Oscar for Best Actor (one of four Academy Awards won by the film).
Almost a year ago to the day, Aciman told Vulture he was considering a sequel to the novel, revealing however, the “problem with a sequel is that you need a plot.”
His announcement is all the more exciting considering Guadanino recently revealed he’s also working on a cinematic sequel, based on the years following Elio and Oliver’s time in Italy after the film ended on Oliver informing Elio he was engaged. Guadanino even alluded that Dakota Johnson will be playing Oliver’s “New England kind of hoochie” wife. We can dream.