STIGMATA blends the classic horror film with a story about both
personal faith and the politics of the Vatican’s control over Christian
writings – and hence Christian thought and practice.
"I was drawn to the script because the Stigmata are a
fascinating and unique phenomenon - unseen in almost any movie. Even more
interesting, it was happening to a contemporary urban woman – and an atheist,”
Wainwright brought the script to MGM and
supervised the development of the story into dealing not just with the full
range of the stigmatic experience, but also with the Gospel of St Thomas, an
ancient papyrus roll found in Nag Hammadi in 1945.
The film opened #1 in the US box office and went onto make more than $100 million worldwide theatrically.
STIGMATA was produced by Frank Mancuso Jr ("Ronin", "Species") and written by Rick Ramage and Tom Lazarus.