Sarah Michelle Gellar reveals her new Paramount + Wolf Pack series has recreated an iconic image from her time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has revealed that an iconic image from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being recreated in her new Wolf Pack series. Although Wolf Pack was originally considered a spinoff of creator Jeff Davis’ previous Teen Wolf series, the next Paramount+ show (which will launch on January 26, 2023) would be its own beast, even if it seems still have ties to Teen Wolf: The Movie, which comes out the same day. Based on a 2004 novel by Edo van Belkom, the series stars Gellar as arson expert Kristin Ramsey, who uncovers a werewolf curse that affects several local teenagers after a wildfire.
On his official Instagram account, Gellar shared a post from Throwback Thursday that gives some insight into Wolf Pack’s influences. The first half of the post shows an image from her days with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wielding Faith’s dagger covered in blood from a dream sequence from Season 4, Episode 15 “This Year’s Girl.” The second half features a behind-the-scenes shot from Wolf Pack where the actress is carrying what appears to be a flashlight in more or less the exact same position. Check out his post below:
How Buffy Will Influence The Wolf Pack
There’s a lot of shared DNA between Wolf Pack and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both series are supernatural teen dramas that feature Gellar in a major role on the one hand, though she’s changed her main focus from vampires to werewolves. However, Buffy featured a menagerie of creatures, so she also has experience with werewolves, as Seth Green’s character Oz, who appeared in 40 episodes, was revealed to be one in Season 2.
Gellar even revealed that she took on the role in Wolf Pack due to her similarities to Buffy, though she was moved by the deeper intentions behind the show and how “the real monsters were the metaphors of life.” high school horror. It looks like Wolf Pack will mix the general mythology of Teen Wolf with the approach Buffy took during her original run between 1997 and 2003, using these supernatural events as a way to draw metaphors from the modern teen experience. According to Gellar, the Wolf Pack characters will tackle teenage anxiety, depression and lack of connection that can be exacerbated by smartphones and social media.
It makes sense that more concrete homages to Buffy the Vampire Slayer would show up in Wolf Pack sooner rather than later, given Gellar’s involvement. However, in addition to this kind of direct recreation of an iconic moment, it will be rewarding for fans of the original series to learn just how far deeper this well of influence goes. Buffy was a beloved series because of its mix of horror and humor, its iconic and well-balanced characters, and its strong female protagonist, and whether this new series can capture that properly – Teen Wolf connection or not – Gellar just might have a new clap on his hands.