Thirty-seven-year-old Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot dead as he was looking for a location to film the fourth season of the Netflix series ‘Narcos’. His body was found in his car in a rural area of Mexico State.
Muñoz was an experienced production scout who had worked in finding filming locations in Mexico for 007’s “Spectre” (2015) and “Fast and Furious” (2009).
A spokesman for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico has said that there were no known witnesses given the remote conditions of the region where the body was found.
Muñoz’s friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, told El Pais that locals may have thought he was collecting information when seeing him wondering the area with a camera. This suspicion may have led them to track his car. Another possibility has been raised by a friend on a social media post, who speculates that those responsible for his murder might have been against the content of the show.
Netflix has released a statement, describing Muñoz as a “well-respected location scout” and sending condolences to his family. In regards to the mysterious circumstances of his death, “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate”, the statement says.
‘Narcos’ season four is set to premiere in 2018 and would focus on Mexican drug cartels but Munoz’s assassination raises doubts on whether production will continue as planned.