Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ location scout shot dead in Mexico

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Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a
violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting
for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned
scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based
production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to
his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious”
and “Apocalypto.”

Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the
passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout,
and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his
death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.

Several Mexican journalists posted photos along with the news.

Muñoz’s bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area
near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have the
highest murder rate in Mexico. In July, 182 cases of homicide
were reported in the densely populated state, a ratio of 12.2 for
every 100,000 inhabitants.

According to local reports, authorities have had trouble piecing
together the circumstances that led to his killing, given the
dearth of witnesses.

Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of
Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the
rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel and heralded the shift of
the drug wars to Mexico.

Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will
continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began. Such
a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’
production would have generated in Mexico.

Read the original article on Variety. Copyright 2017. Follow Variety on Twitter.



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