James Ivory, 89, could make Oscar history. Does he have potential work lined up for Damian?
by Jake Coyle | SF Gate | February 2, 2018
James Ivory didn’t see “Call Me By Your Name” with an audience until the week before he was nominated for its screenplay. But if “Call Me by Your Name,” about the sun-dappled relationship between 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and a visiting grad student (Armie Hammer), radiates with the tumultuous emotions of youth, it’s also composed with the insight of age.
Ivory is 89, and should he win the Oscar for adapting Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel — as Ivory is widely expected to — he’ll become the oldest Oscar winner ever.
For the past several years and after stalled efforts, Ivory still hopes to direct a film version of Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” with a script penned by Chris Terrio (“Argo,” ”Justice League”) and envisions Tom Hiddleston and Damian Lewis in the feature roles. “A Shakespeare film does not grab the hearts of financiers, I can tell you,” he says. “At the moment I’m very optimistic it will happen.”