It’s fairly common knowledge that just about everyone involved with the film “Call Me By Your Name” is ready to film a sequel. Actors have discussed the possibility. The writer has talked about it. And even filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has openly discussed how he wants to make the film, and he’s even made some new casting wishes known publicly. And in a new interview with the Italian outlet, Gay.it, the director talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into his plans of moving forward with the highly-anticipated sequel.

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According to Guadagnino, the much-talked-about sequel to “Call Me By Your Name” is still in the works, but the damn COVID-19 pandemic has forced the film on the backburner.

“I was going to America to meet a writer I love very much, whose name I don’t want to mention, to talk about the second part,” he explained. “Unfortunately, everything is canceled. Of course, it’s a great pleasure to work with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stulhbarg, Esther Garrel, and the other actors. They will all be there in the new film.”

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In the years since the release of “Call Me By Your Name,” there has been near-constant discussion about how everyone involved wants to do a sequel. However, there has always been something preventing the film from actually coming together. With this new revelation, it does appear that Guadagnino is still steadily moving forward with the film, even if it’s not his top priority at the moment.

Also, last fall, author André Aciman, who penned the novel that inspired the film, released his long-awaited sequel, titled “Find Me.” It’s unclear how much of that sequel will be used in the film, but the fact that the book exists does show that there is at least a foundation for Guadagnino and his cast/crew to build from for the eventual film.

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So, for now, it appears that development has stalled. However, once travel begins and the filmmaker can find time to meet this mystery writer, then we may be finally making serious steps to a “Call Me By Your Name 2.” You’re allowed tepid excitement.