Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, responded to the death of a “Narcos” location manager who was shot dead in Mexico.
Carlos Muñoz Portal’s body was found in his car in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan, a location known for the kind of violence that “Narcos” often depicts. The death of the Netflix show’s crew member (pictured above) has raised concern about the safety of shooting the show’s fourth season. As of now, it is undecided if the show will continue in Mexico or if production will move back to Colombia, Independent reports.
Gaviria, who reportedly has an ongoing dispute with Netflix over the how, warned the company that Mexico and Colombia are dangerous without the Escobar "blessing."
"I don't want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relate to me or my brother Pablo without authorization from Escobar Inc.," Gaviria told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country."
Escobar was one of the main characters in the first two season of the Netflix series. His likeness has been depicted without his family's permission. His family reportedly demanded $1 billion as a result. They allegedly threatened to close down the show if they do not receive that amount of money.
In 2014, Gaviria founded Escobar Inc. and registered "successor-in-interest-rights" for his brother. According to Gaviria, the show used their trademarks.
"You see, we own all the trademarks to all of our names and also for the Narcos brand. I don't play around with these people in Silicon Valley. They have their phones and nice products. But they don't know life and would never dare to survive in the jungle of Medellin or Colombia. I have done that," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Their mothers should have left them in the womb. That is what we tell people like this if they come to Colombia."
Escobar’s character, played by Wagner Moura, was killed off in Season two of the show.
“Narcos” chronicles the highs and lows of the DEA’s ongoing battles with the drug cartels of Latin America. One season focused on Colombian cocaine kingpins like Pablo Escobar. Season four was intended to highlight the ascent of Mexican traffickers, such as the Juárez Cartel.