This Week s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Hercules, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and the animated Transformers prequel. This WEEK S TOP STORYDISNEY IS DEVELOPING A LIVE-ACTION HERCULES REMAKE(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Of the 10 animated features that Walt Disney Pictures released between 1989 and 1999, three have been remade in recent years (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King), two are currently waiting to be released or in the works (Mulan and The Little Mermaid), and still one more just entered development last year (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). We re probably never going to get a live-action Rescuers Down Under, so that only leaves Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Hercules, one of which is now also officially in the works. Walt Disney Pictures is now developing a live-action remake of their 1997 mythological animated musical Hercules (Certified Fresh at 84%), and it will have two direct connections to Marvel Studios in the form of producers Joe and Anthony Russo (the directors of Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame) and screenwriter Dave Callaham, who is currently working on Marvel s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (5/7/2021). It is reportedly unclear if the remake will have musical songs from the original, or if it will be a non-musical remake like Mulan, and we don t yet know who will direct it (although there have been some rumors). Another question left to be addressed is where this puts Marvel s own version of Hercules, who is one of the earliest members of the Avengers (#11, just before Black Panther and Vision), and one of the longest-running team members as well (his longest stint was in the 1990s). Hercules also has the distinction of being one of the few Marvel Comics characters to receive a popular Internet meme as the COOL STORY, BRO guy without also appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could the Hercules remake end with someone like Nick Fury inviting him to join the New Avengers Initiative?Other Top Headlines1. MAJOR FILM FESTIVALS UNITE FOR WE ARE ONE ON YOUTUBEThe COVID-19 pandemic has obviously had an impact on all sectors of society, but some of them didn t necessarily present obvious alternatives within a stay-at-home strategy. For example, yes, movie studios could reschedule their theatrical releases or release some of them on VOD, but the world s various film festivals are designed to bring people together from across the globe into spaces where they would breathe the same air for two hours in close quarters. So what s going to happen to the dozens of movies that would have premiered at those festivals in 2020? YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises appear to have found a solution, which will be an event called We Are One: A Global Film Festival that will be presented on YouTube from May 29th to June 7th, 2020. The event will feature programming from 20 major film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, New York, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice. One of the festivals that will not be participating is SXSW, because they are already partnering with Amazon for a separate event now streaming (4/27 to 5/6).2. TRANSFORMERS GETTING ANIMATED PREQUEL FROM TOY STORY 4 DIRECTOR (Photo by De Laurentiis entertainment Group courtesy Everett Collection)Although the 2018 solo Transformers spinoff Bumblebee did very well with critics (Certified Fresh at 91%), the box office numbers were relatively disappointing compared to previous Transformers films. For that reason, Paramount and Hasbro have yet to announce plans for any further solo movies for other Transformers characters, even if they continue to develop other Transformers-related projects. With the latter in mind, one of the new Transformers films Paramount is working on is an animated prequel to be set on their home world of Cybertron. That project is now being developed by director Josh Cooley, who made his feature film debut last summer with Toy Story 4 (Certified Fresh at 97%), which went on to earn over billion at the global box office and win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.3. JOSH BROLIN AND PETER DINKLAGE TO STAR IN TWINS-ESQUE COMEDY BROTHERS(Photo by RCF, Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)After starring in several acclaimed indie dramas (notably Blue Ruin, Certified Fresh at 96%), Macon Blair moved on to directing with his debut film, Netflix s I Don t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Certified Fresh at 89%). For his next film, Blair has signed with Legendary Entertainment to direct a Twins-esque high-concept comedy called Brothers. Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Twins as a pair of odd couple brothers, and the brothers in Brothers will be played by two Avengers: Infinity War stars. Those stars will be Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones) and Josh Brolin (Marvel s Thanos and Cable), but the comedy angle besides them being Brothers isn t yet known.4. DAISY RIDLEY SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR THE ICE BENEATH HER (Photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Now that the Star Wars Skywalker Saga is officially done, Daisy Ridley is one of the recent franchise stars who has a lot more time on her hands. We re still awaiting the release of one of those projects, the post-apocalyptic Chaos Walking, and this week, she started negotiations for another. Ridley is now in talks with STXfilms to star in the psychological thriller The Ice Beneath Her, which will be produced and directed by the people behind last year s Ready or Not (Certified Fresh at 88%). The Ice Beneath Her is an adaptation of a 2015 novel by Swedish author Camilla Grebe which has been compared to both Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.