Just like the ripest, juiciest, most perfect peach, everything rots and dies. So too does the lingering hope for a sequel to Call Me By Your Name now that star Armie Hammer is having second thoughts.
The follow-up to 2017’s Oscar sensation has been confirmed by everyone from director Luca Guadagnino to star Timothee Chalamet, and until now Hammer has also been on board. Out even asked our favorite (real) queers what they’d like to see in Call Me By Your Name 2. But now Hammer is changing his tune.
“The truth is, there have been really loose conversations about it, but at the end of the day — I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them,” Hammer told Vulture. “And it felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. I don’t know that anything will match up to the first, you know?”
“If we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an asshole to say no,” Hammer added. “But at the same time, I’m like, That was such a special thing, why don’t we just leave that alone?”
Guadagnino, who took time away from the Call Me By Your Name cinematic universe to make 2018’s Suspiria reboot, has repeatedly said he’s at work on the sequel, even saying he’d cast Suspiria star Dakota Johnson as Hammer’s wife in the film and deal with the AIDS epidemic. In 2017, Guadagnino revealed to The Hollywood Reporter a bit of what he thought the plot for the follow-up would be. “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].”
André Aciman, who wrote the novel Call Me By Your Name was based on, tweeted in December that he was also interested in continuing Oliver and Elio’s story. “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one.”
Hammer’s comments obviously don’t mean the sequel won’t happen, but it doesn’t look good. There goes our hopes of ever seeing him eat the fucking peach like he was supposed to!