By Nicole Sperling
Updated June 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Attention fanboys: Director Adam McKay may, in fact, be the guy for the adaptation of Garth Ennis’s comic book series The Boys. Sources tell that McKay, who is set to release his latest Will Ferrell-starrer The Other Guys in August, is in talks to direct the extremely violent superhero flick for Sony Pictures. first reported this news yesterday, and sources close to the project are confirming it today. Sony hasn’t returned calls seeking comment.

The Boys would mark a departure for McKay, who has also worked with Ferrell on the features Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers and collaborated with him on It would be great to see Sony give him a chance on a series that can’t be easy to adapt due to its super-violent and highly sexualized content. Ennis, who also wrote the comic series Preacher, centers The Boys on a contemporary world where a bunch of people have superpowers. ‘The Boys’ is the informal name for a super-powered CIA squad whose primary job is to keep watch on the superheroes, and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.