A report in the local press indicates 37-year-old Carlos Muñoz Portal died while scouting locations for the show. There are no specifics yet on what happened, but he was last seen heading out to the State of Mexico for some production photographs.
His body was found hours later in his car and had sustained several gunshot wounds. The vehicle was found on an unnamed dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan, part of the municipality of Temascalapa. The site is located very close to the border with Hidalgo, which is notorious for drug-related homicides.
A spokesman for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico said no witnesses have been located.
A Netflix statement said, “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.”
Munoz was a graduate of the University of the Americas and had been working in the film industry for more than decade as a locations manager. His resume includes Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto and Spectre, the 2015 James Bond film that begins in the Mexico.