A sibling of Pablo Escobar – who the widely popular Netflix series Narcos features – advised the streaming service to acquire “hitmen security” following the recent murder of a location scout.
Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, the brother of the late drug kingpin, said Netflix should avoid using Mexico and Colombia as locations "without authorization from Escobar Inc."
His suggestion came after location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal's body was discovered in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan – known to have one of Mexico's highest murder rates. "It is very dangerous," he told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview. "Especially without our blessing. This is my country."
Gaviria also added that Netflix should beef up security to protect the Narcos crew.
'You have to eliminate all threats,' said Escobar Gaviria. 'If you have the intellect, you don't need to use weapons. If not, you have to. In this case, Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security.'
Concerns about whether production should continue on location in Mexico, or move back to Colombia, heightened since Muñoz's death.
Last year Gaviria reportedly sent a letter to Netflix demanding a $1 billion payout for unauthorized use of content related to Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel.
‘I don't want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother Pablo without authorization from Escobar Inc,’ Escobar Gaviria told The Hollywood Reporter over the phone.
Mexican authorities told El Pais that they had no suspects in the killing of Muñoz due to the lack of witnesses.
A friend of the deceased told the Spanish-language newspaper that Muñoz was out taking photographs when he was shot, and speculated that an unfamiliar man with a camera may have spooked locals in the crime-ridden area.
Police said the car appeared to have been involved in some kind of chase, but they were uncertain whether the chase began in Hidalgo or the State of Mexico, where the car was found.
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,' the statement continued.
Muñoz, a Mexican national, had worked as a film location scout since 2003. He previously worked on Man On Fire, Apocalypto, Spectre, Sicario and Fast & Furious.