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In Five: Johnny Depp Does “Quixote,” NYC Opera Cleans Out Their Closets, and More Culture News

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1. Johnny Depp has sold an untitled pitch to Disney that is reportedly a “modern re-imagining of Don Quixote.” Depp has been in interested in the novel by Miguel de Cervantes for a long time, and co-starred in Terry Gilliam’s abandoned “Quixote” project, which the director is still trying to finish. Depp’s film will most likely hurt the chances of Gilliam’s film, which was last reported to have secured Robert Duvall in a starring role, ever seeing the light of day. Depp will next be seen as Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” and as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. [Deadline]

2. Following in the hometown loving footsteps of his brother Ben, Casey Affleck is attached to produce and star in “Boston Strangler,” for Warner Brothers. Chuck Maclean will write the script, which will “follow a detective who was part of the Strangler Squad tasked with bringing down the titular serial killer of women.” Casey Affleck will next been seen as the Clyde to Rooney Mara’s Bonnie in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. [Indiewire]

3. HBO buys a lot of shows, don’t they? Their newest acquisition is “Silicon Valley,” a single-camera comedy from Mike Judge and “King of the Hill” executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The show “takes place in the high tech gold rush of modern Silcon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” Judge is set to direct the pilot, which will go into production this spring. [Vulture]

4. The New York City Opera is emptying out their closets or, more specifically, their giant storage space in New Jersey. The institution will hold an online auction next month, where they plan to sell decades’ worth of old sets, costumes, and props. Reportedly, the storage space costs $500,000 a year to rent, and City Opera has been in conversations with other Opera companies about taking some of the material. No word yet on if City Opera will auction off the items “Storage Wars” style. [Artsbeat]

5. After being badgered by her fans on Twitter, M.I.A sent one of them them a link to a new song – which they quickly turned around and posted on YouTube, for the whole world to listen to. “AtTENTion,” as the new song is called, is a predictable track from the controversial artist, but for fans clamoring for new material, it will suffice. [Stereogum]

Previously: Matt Damon, “Scandalous,” Mindy Kaling, Eddie Murphy, Dave Grohl

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