Ten months ago, Carlos Muñoz Portal was found dead in a rural area known for gang-related drug violence while working on the show

By Aurelie Corinthios
July 18, 2018 02:17 PM
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Narcos is coming back — but it’s undergoing some major changes.

The Netflix hit is officially resetting as Narcos: Mexico and will launch a new original series later this year, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

Seasons 1-3 of the series were shot entirely in Colombia, chronicling the story of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) and the successors to Medellin, the Cali cartel.

Season 4 went into production last year, shifting to Mexico — but was struck by tragedy in September when Carlos Muñoz Portal, a Mexican location scout, was found dead in a rural area of the country known for gang-related drug violence while working on the show. (The 37-year-old’s body was found riddled with gunshot wounds in a car in a remote area near the borders of Hidalgo state, according to El País de España.)

“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” a Netflix spokesman told PEOPLE in a statement at the time. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”

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According to THR, Narcos: Mexico is bringing in new stars Michael Peña and Diego Luna as leads to explore the origins of the modern drug war, taking viewers back to a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers.

Diego Luna in Narcos
| Credit: Netflix
Michael Peña in Narcos
| Credit: Netflix

The relaunched series will cover the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Felix Gallardo (Luna) takes the helm.

Seasons 1-3 of Narcos are currently streaming on Netflix. Narcos: Mexico is expected to premiere in 2018; a date has not yet been announced.