That was back before he was even making it from memory. Back circa Frighteners probably when he was trying to get King Kong off the ground the first time.
Well - I guess at that stage, if you're not on a beloved franchise, you'd have more leeway because naturally film fans are keen to communicate with film-makers.
I got accused of just wanting insect Aliens because I thought egg barfing was nonsense.
By the co-director of a multi-million dollar movie.
It was nonsense - and maybe they were feeling bruised at that stage if things hadn't been going according to plan. I mean - I'd be gutted if I was one of them. As I say above, they didn't set out to make a poor movie, but... it wasn't great in the end.
Though in their slight defense, I think they wanted to set it in space with Colonial Marines and the money guys said "No, set it that First Blood town that everyone loves so much" (Hope, I think its called *lol*).
Now I read that back, I'm coming across as an Avp:R / Strausse apologist... I'm really not. You know, years ago I looked on that movie much more kindly but I watched the blu-ray again a little while back and thought "What was I thinking!"
I am, on the other hand, a complete Paul WS Anderson fan-boy apologist. I genuinely rate AvP - I think it does what it says on the tin and I'd argue with anyone who says Anderson didn't care about the franchise - I mean... he loves Alien(s) (Look at Event Horizon which is clearly set in the same Universe. And Soldier... which is probably set in the same Universe (if you believe that Blade Runner is too)).
Listening to the AvP commentary, he often sounds regretful but he's never outright critical of Fox and so on (because he wants to carry on working, I guess), but as I've said before... was the AvP we saw really the AvP he wanted to make? I don't know that it was (I could be wrong, he could think its his magum opus for all I know).
As for Latham - why not? She was a good choice for a lead: I think she's a strong actress and she didn't look out of place in her climbing / action bits.