Earlier this week, Armie Hammer revealed that he is uncertain he wants to return for a Call Me By Your Name (CMBYN) sequel. “I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment,” Hammer told Vulture in a brief interview. “I don’t know that anything will match up to the first, you know?” After the announcement, fans of the film took to social media to express their disappointment.
Shortly after Hammer denounced stories of a sequel, André Aciman declared that he is officially writing a sequel to the eponymous novel provisionally titled “Find Me.” Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux shared a statement verifying that Aciman is working on a story in the CMBYN universe.
In Aciman’s novel and the film adaptation, it’s suggested that Elio’s father, Samuel, has closeted queer desires.
“In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father Samuel, now divorced, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist,” FSG’s release reports. “A chance encounter on the train leads to a relationship that changes Sami’s life definitively. Elio soon moves to Paris where he too has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a professor in northern New England with sons who are nearly grown, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return visit to Europe.”
Hammer went on to say, “[If] Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an asshole to say ‘no.’ But at the same time, I’m like, that was such a special thing, why don’t we just leave that alone?”
He concluded, “I’m coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it … it felt like a perfect storm of so many things.”