Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote:
Usually, big science fiction films that are irreparably saddled with development and production problems than those that don't. Though there is only a few years difference, Star Trek 5 cost a lot more to make than Aliens, and we know which one looks better.
Not that much more ($33 million vs. $18). You have to keep in mind that ST-V also had a returning cast that were expecting larger and larger paychecks per film, and an inexperienced director who clearly didn't have the knack for film making or working with special effects. Top it off with the production issues and delays, and I can easily see the budget getting out of control.