It would be quite evil for Aciman to not have Elio and Oliver wind up together, just evil. And he's not evil, so he will give us what we want, and in such a way that the timeline will be impossible for Timmy to physically satisfy on film. Deep down inside, I thought that CMBYN was so special that if a sequel(s) were to be made, it would be compared to the first film and it could not measure up to it. Hyper critical and demanding fans would tear it up, and so would critics. So it's best to just write the book - decades in the future to make it difficult for the same actors to convincingly pretend to be 17-20 years older in a sequel film - and just have the lovers end up together as the soul mates they were meant to be. Again, if the book was just 5 years in the future, I would entertain a sequel, but the book is deliberately being written too far in the future to prevent CMBYN cinematic fandom craziness round 2.
With coming 'Find me' and because of the recent news I have been thinking about these issues lately. I have several thoughts and feelings about the story, the book and the movie, and if the story of 'Find me' is great and beautiful it will be enough for me. A suitable movie would be a plus. I don't want for the sequel to make too much compromise. If Luca can make a great film without too much compromise (and story takes place anytime) it's okay, otherwise no need for a sequel. I would be sad for sure, but I don't stick to an inappropriate film.
Even though the sequel takes place 20 years later, there must be a Proustian narrative to fill in the 15-20 year gaps in the original novel. Mr. Perlman's ashes have already been scattered when Elio and Oliver reunite at the end of CMBYN, so he can't be visiting Elio in Rome 20 years later! Whether the new novel will successfully translate into one or more sequel films, each set 5 years apart, (Luca's wish to emulate Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series), remains to be seen. Keep in mind that although the sequels to 400 Blows were entertaining, none of them could be measured against the first film; I would expect the same to be true for any CMBYN sequel(s).
We just don't know at this point. Certainly at some point, it is 20 years later (or close to that) and Elio/Oliver end up together. So some of it has to be 20 or so years later, with Elio at 37+. It is true that Papa Perlman had passed away, I believe it was 6 months earlier, at the end of the CMBYN book when Elio is 37. I wondered if maybe it starts/ends after Papa Perlman has passed and Elio/Oliver are together and than does a flashback (the middle part of the book). I thought in CMBYN, when Elio met Oliver in NY and they had a drink together and Oliver asked Elio to meet his family and he said "no." I thought that Elio was 32?? So maybe there is a flashback where Elio is 32-36'ish and Papa Perlman is still alive. And that is a significant part of the book.
Oh, who knows, ha ha. We'll find out at the end of October.
We do know that Oliver and his family visit B. @11 years after they part in Rome. The Perlmans call Elio, and he speaks to Oliver on the phone. Four years later they meet in the New England town where Oliver is living and teaching, and Elio still feels too deeply for Oliver to meet his family. Five years later they reunite in B.,20 years to the day that Oliver first arrived, and we're left to our own conclusions. It will be interesting to see how Aciman handles the first/third person narrative(s) for the three subplots mentioned in the synopsis.
Maybe for Find Me, André does a 180 on the ending of the CMBYN book and make it seem like a dream/nightmare on Elio's part, or Oliver, (or disregard it all together) and start on a different tangent in Find Me to conclude the story 20 years in the future.
I really wouldn't like that idea, doing a 180 from the original book. Just rubs me the wrong way to maybe re-write it and not use what was in the CMBYN book. To make it completely different or have it be a dream, I would hate that, quite frankly.
Luca was talking about have the next movie be when Elio/Timmy were 25 (and maybe doing another 1 or 2 movies after that) but Find Me doesn't seem to follow that version. So I don't know how the two get rectified. Aciman obviously has the book written so time will tell if Luca reads it and than decides to go ahead with a movie sequel or decides against it.
I can't wait for the book to come out just to see what the heck Aciman did!
Andre's book fall book tour for Find Me has been posted. He'll be in LA on November 3rd, which is a Sunday. He'll also make a stop at my beloved Literati bookstore in my hometown of Ann Arbor. And he'll end his tour in New York.