He replaces Fredrik Bond, who left the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel project in mid-September over creative differences.
Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are penning the script. Focus has dated the action-thriller for an Oct. 2, 2015 release.
The story follows the three main characters to London as they attend the funeral of the British prime minister. The trio is suddenly caught in the middle of plot to kill all the world leaders. The project will shoot for a month in London and then break until February so that Butler can shoot “Geostorm.”
Butler is producing with Alan Siegel, Mark Gill and Matt O’Toole.
“Olympus Has Fallen” performed respectably last year with $161 million in worldwide grosses.
Najafi directed “Easy Money II: Hard to Kill.” He is repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.