Season Four Of 'Narcos' In Doubt Over Fears For Cast And Crew Safety
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The third season of Narcos has only just been released on Netflix, but the future of the show has been placed in jeopardy after one crew member was shot dead on location.
Series three of the hit Netflix show was released on earlier this month, but on 11 September Carlos Munoz Portal, a location scout working on the show, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds.
The 37-year-old, whose previous credits include Sicario and Spectre, was investigating a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan.
He was on the hunt for filming locations, just outside Mexico City, in an area said to have some of Mexico's highest murder rates.
Upon his death, Netflix released a statement, and 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."
Pedro Pascal, who plays DEA agent Javier Peña, believes the series should end if the safety of cast and crew cannot be guaranteed.
Pedro Pascal. Credit: PA
The actor, who plays Javier Pena - the DEA agent given the tasks of bringing down Pablo Escobar - told TMZ: "We can't do it if it's not safe. We're talking about lives.
"If they want to do it, they'll figure it out in a safe way."
There are now calls to move production of Narcos from Mexico to Colombia where the series was originally filmed.
The fourth season was set to explore the rise of Mexico's infamous Juarez cartel, following series three tracking the rise and fall of Colombia's Cali cartel and the shift of the drugs wars to Mexico.
The latest series features 10 episodes, and received a 100 percent 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews.
It stars Damian Alcazar as Gilberto José Rodríguez Orejuela, the leader of the Cali Cartel and one of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's primary rivals.
All episodes were released on the streaming service, meaning that a full-on bingeing session is a serious possibility.
The first two seasons of Narcos told the story of Escobar, who became a millionaire through the distribution of cocaine.