Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his vehicle, his body riddled with bullets, in Temascalapa, a violent region in central Mexico that lies 60km from Mexico City.
The murder has raised doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where the show was originally shot. "Muñoz was a seasoned veteran filmmaker to find filming locations for the major USA film productions working in Mexico". The infamous Juárez cartel was briefly featured in the most recent season.
El Pais reported of Narcos Season 4, "Production will soon portray the Cartel de Juárez, an organization headed by Amado Carrillo, better known as El señor de los cielos". It's now unclear if Portal's death will affect production or whether the murder will move production back to Columbia. This area reportedly has a homicide rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the outlet. Authorities are reportedly having trouble piecing together what happened leading up the Portal's death, and police are still investigating.
The experienced location scout had worked on several high profile films including Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, Fast & Furious and the James Bond film Spectre.
Netflix has since issued a statement paying their respects to Munoa and his family.