I was more comparing like to like - ie. if it was shot in the UK.
I was just going by the budget.
It depends on how like-for-like you want to get -- you reckon Michael Beihn is cheaper or dearer these days?
Higher profile cast might've helped, and a higher budget might've allowed them to set it in space like everyone except John Davis wanted.
Higher profile cast wouldn't fix the shit writing, though. You'd just be having good actors reading awful lines. They had the money to set it in space, Davis didn't want to. Same with AvP
But could you minimise the CG shots for the loader fight?
You'd minimise the shots (or their complexity) over the rest of the film to concentrate on where they're needed. Like you said, spaceships and space scenes are relatively easy. The Queen scenes would take up the bulk of the complex, costly and time-consuming CGI -- and they're only in it towards the end.Aliens
was always low budget for what it was. They only pulled it off through ingenuity and careful planning. You'd do the same today.