Scottish comic book legend becomes patron of Montrose cinema project

Mark Millar
Mark Millar

One of Scotland’s comic book legends and the man behind the ‘Kiss-Ass’ series is backing a project to bring a cinema to Montrose.

Mark Millar, who was born in Coatbridge, has agreed to become the first patron of Montrose Playhouse Project, which aims to build a cinema on the site of the former swimming pool on The Mall.

The team behind the project plan to demolish the old pool and build a new four-screen cinema, which will also have a conference space, meeting rooms, rentable office units, a cafe bar and a private cinema bar.

The group needs to raise more than £4m to realise their dream.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Montrose Playhouse Project said: “We are delighted to announce that Mr Mark Millar, the best selling writer of the Kick Ass series and Wanted, has agreed to be our first Patron of the Montrose Playhouse Project.

“Mark has links to Montrose, as well as family living here, and was delighted to be asked to a part of our venture.”

Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of ‘Wanted’, the ‘Kick-Ass’ series, ‘The Secret Service’, ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘Nemesis’, ‘Superior’, ‘Super Crooks’, ‘American Jesus’, ‘MPH’, ‘Starlight’. ‘Chrononauts’, ‘Huck’ and ‘Jupiter’s Circle’.

Several of his comics - ‘Wanted’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Kick-Ass 2’, and ‘The Secret Service’, which was renamed ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ - have been adapted into movies.

Currently, ‘Nemesis’, ‘Superior’, ‘Starlight’, ‘War Heroes’, and ‘Chrononauts’ are in development at major studios.

He has also worked with DC Comics, writing ‘Superman: Red Son’, and with Marvel Comics where he created ‘The Ultimates’ – which was selected by Time magazine as the comic book of the decade - ‘Wolverine: Old Man Logan’ and the record-breaking ‘Civil War’ - a Marvel Comics crossover storyline that is now being filmed as the next ‘Captain America’ movie.

Currently, he is working on the second volumes of ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘Jupiter’s Circle’, and ‘Chrononauts’, as well as an upcoming new series ‘Empress’.

Millar has been an executive producer on all his movie adaptations and is currently creative consultant to Fox Studios on their Marvel slate of movies.