MEXICO CITY– Filming season four of Narcos was on the agenda and world renowned Netflix location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was on the hunt to find the perfect location for the newest season.
Narcos is a Netflix Original that tells stories of the drug cartel and the war on drugs. While not a glamorous show, this crime drama depicts a big issue that we have in the world– Drugs and the source of addiction.
This ten year location scout vet has worked on many other projects, obtaining locations for movies such as the latest James Bond film, Spectre, The Fast and the Furious series, and Sicario. He had quite the knack for finding the perfect location for the perfect films.
Muñoz was found fatally shot in his car on Monday, September 11 near farmlands near Mexico City, according to reports. This is known to be a questionable region when it comes to brutal violence.
Netflix released a statement on September 17 confirming the death, “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” Netflix said in a statement.
“The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate,” Netflix added.
The issue that the police are having right now is finding the culprit. While the murder did indeed happen, it was ruled a homicide by the local authorities, there are no witnesses when it comes to the actual crime.
This area that Muñoz was in was said to be particularly dangerous, so it really is not a surprise that there aren’t any witnesses willing to come forward to corroborate against the murderer. They’d be next if that were the case.
While authorities are still on the hunt for the person responsible, Netflix has some serious thinking to do when it comes to production of Narcos should continue in Mexico. The series, Narcos, is mainly focused on the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
If Netflix does pull the plug on the Mexican location, this will affect hundreds of jobs at Netflix in South America. Is the series worth the risk of another life? Should Netflix continue filming in Mexico for a more real feel of the show? Or cut their losses and film remotely?
The life of the show isn’t more important than the life of all those involved of creating and helping to make the show what it is. We here at Netflix Update send our condolences to the Muñoz family.
[UPDATE–September 19] Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, 71, has threatened anyone coming to their land not to utilize any property of Escobar, Inc. unless otherwise authorized.
The Escobar brother said that if Netflix were to come here again, they should be equipped with hitmen to protect their scouts.
“I don’t want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother, Pablo, without authorization from Escobar Inc,” he said.
“It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country.”