The actual idea of the wooden planet would be cool to see with the right artist. Shame we see so little of it on the page, though. And nobody could make the head burster look good, heh.
Yeah, I sometimes wonder why people rate Ward's script so highly. The setting is cool and could be visually stunning, but once you stop to think about it it doesn't make a lick of sense. And beyond that and a couple of neat set pieces (the toilet, the wheat field) I thought the script was honestly pretty poor.
Like a lot of the rejected third film scripts, there was way too much unexplained WTF in it (the king, the headburster).
They could also adapt scripts that never leaked out, like Ferguson's version with the Snow White ending.
Having finally read the various Alien 3
shooting drafts fairly recently, I'm curious what he might've done. I don't really know anything about his unused contributions.
There's also the Twohy draft that supposedly had Ripley in it. Not sure how different that might've been.