Wolf Pack Is a Missed Opportunity for a Spinoff Series

Despite the upcoming Teen Wolf: The Movie launching the show, wolfpack does not exist in the teen wolf Universe, making it a missed opportunity as a spinoff series that could thrive from interconnected stories. At the Teen Wolf: The Movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, teen wolf‘s creator Jeff Davis announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar would star in the offshoot show wolfpack. Later, Jeff Davis confirmed in an MTV News interview that wolfpack isn’t a spinoff and doesn’t take place in the same universe as the original series.

In that MTV News interview, Davis states, “It’s not the same universe. These are all-new teenager werewolves.” So, there is no overlap between the MTV series that aired for a total of 100 episodes from 2011 to 2017. This decision complicates previous reports about wolfpackconsidering Paramount+’s tweet announcement confirmed that the Teen Wolf: The Movie would “set up” the new series. It’s challenging to imagine how the movie could accomplish such a task if there are no connective tissues between the properties.

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Davis tells MTV News how “amazing” it is “to have teen wolf help launch” Wolf Pack, but the only way this can be possible — with the known details — is if the series premiere drops and Teen Wolf: The Movie debut on Paramount+ simultaneously. The movie will reunite teen wolf characters “to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.” Presumably, such an enemy would require as many allies as possible. So, it wouldn’t be strange for Scott McCall — the Alpha — to ask for help from a new generation of teenage werewolves, mainly because the wolfpack characters aren’t geographically far from Beacon Hills, California. Per its description, wolfpack takes place in Los Angeles.

Based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, wolfpack “follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature.” That environmental disaster brings Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Kristin Ramsey to Los Angeles to uncover the teenage culprit. Gellar’s casting of ella speaks volumes because of her impact of ella in the teen genre space via Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Furthermore, Jeff Davis often talks about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a “huge influence on teen wolf,” as he did at SDCC per Entertainment Weekly. That casting, marking Gellar’s return to TV, is a massive pull for wolfpackand a closer connection to teen wolf would only optimize the show’s reach.

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Even if the wolfpack characters don’t appear in the movie, there are other ways to form a tighter connection between the projects. For example, Teen Wolf: The Movie could easily have Scott, Derek, Lydia, Malia and the rest of their friends believe they’ve vanquished the villain — the trailer reveals the return of the Oni from Season 3 — only for some other threat to emerge. It’s not implausible for that to reach the wolfpack teenagers in Los Angeles. Beacon Hills is a small town, and a villain worthy of a new series would likely enjoy a larger landscape. Similarly, at the end of the movie, Derek Hale could ask his teenage son of him, Eli Hale, if he wants to step away from Beacon Hills like Derek often does in the series — leading Eli to Los Angeles.

Eli Hale could be a great tether between the shows, despite Tyler Hoechlin’s likely limited availability to appear as Derek Hale because of Superman & Lois. Beyond Eli and Derek, the shared universe would create space for different cameos beyond the core cast. It would also allow wolfpack to lean back on at least some of the lore teen wolf spent six seasons and a movie building. Not to mention, with or without Eli’s presence, the shared continuity would give wolfpack the appeal of a new generation of werewolves in the teen wolf world — capitalizing on nostalgia’s evergreen currency. Furthermore, it could grant the Paramount+ series the allure of shows like legacies that exist within The Vampire Diaries Universe.

Despite the dwindling probability and growing frustration that either or neither of these theories will come to fruition on wolfpackthe Paramount+ series will inevitably feel the impact of the teen wolf Universe. much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer paved the way for the collision of teen shows and the supernatural genre, teen wolf now exists in that lexicon. So, another show about teenage werewolves will surely pay homage to teen wolf. Knowing that Jeff Davis is a writer and executive producer on wolfpackthat creative nod to teen wolf feels more like a “when” rather than an “if,” which is something to anticipate in its own right.

All seasons of Teen Wolf are streaming now on Paramount+.

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