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It was Spears who suggested perhaps his friend James Ivory should direct, with a script that Ivory and Guadagnino could work on together.
It took us a year of back-and-forth between Crema and New York, and we started from scratch.
Producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman had optioned the book before it was published in 2007, and were working with another director to mount the project.
They had reached out to Guadagnino because the book is set in Italy and he knew the filmmaking landscape of his home country.
And, by his own admission, Guadagnino felt “comfortable” with this story.
“Because maybe I knew the people that I was talking about,” he says.