They say that truth is stranger than fiction. But soon you may need to say truth endangers fiction. A location scout for Netflix’s exclusive American crime drama web television series 'Narcos' was found riddled with bullets in Mexico's cartel country. Following the tragic case of life imitating art, Netflix could pull out of planned production scheduled in Mexico.
37-year-old Carlos Muñoz Portal who was an industry veteran had almost fifteen years of experience. He worked on several blockbuster productions and major franchise projects such as James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ and the fourth instalment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series, filmed in Mexico.
He was shot to death in his car under unexplained circumstances in a rural region of the Temascalapa municipality, near a village called San Bartolomé Actopan about 40 miles northeast of downtown Mexico City last week. The community sits less than two miles from the border with Hidalgo State, which the Mexican government touts as a success story in its war against the cartels. However, 11 people, including a public security official, were hacked to death in Hidalgo earlier this year. Investigating officers concluded that Muñoz was being pursued at the time of the death. But the lack of witnesses leaves them clueless about the killer.
Mexico State, where Muñoz was killed, is home to one of the nation’s higher murder rates with a figure of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of murders are ever solved in Mexico. The region of central Mexico where Muñoz was found is also a disputed territory for several large organized crime groups. A relative newcomer to the criminal infighting in this state is the New Imperial Cartel, which is led by an enigmatic figure called Comandante 7 who are known for targeting outsiders in his plaza, or zone of influence. A friend of Muñoz, in fact, believes that the presence of a stranger taking pictures could have aroused suspicion among local residents who wish to hide something from the rest of the world.
Set and filmed in Colombia and created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, Narcos tells the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine. The show also focuses on Escobar's interactions with other drug lords, DEA agents, and various opposition entities. Currently, it’s in its third season which picks up after the fall of Escobar and continues to follow the DEA as they go up against the rise of the infamous Cali Cartel.Read More