I recently acquired an early script draft for the Eddie Murphy movie, dated 7/19/02.
It's more or less on the same level as the finished film (awful), but it's interesting to see some of the differences.
*The servants Ezra and Emma are absent. Instead, there is the ghostly trio of Phineas, Ezra, and Gus.
Like in the earlier Jim Hill script, the HHGs are (or were) domestic workers at the mansion rather than random ghosts. Also like in the Jim Hill script, they are "comic relief" characters with childish dialogue.
Phineas is the head chef for some reason, complete with clichéd French accent. Ezra is the coachman and "the smart one." Gus is the groundskeeper instead of a ball-and-chained convict.
There's no hitchhiking.
*Additional ride homages include: a stretching gallery, a skeletonized Gracey portrait, a candelabra floating down a hallway, ghostly wedding attendees, skulls coming out of the organ pipes, a jazzy ghost band, a dog howl heard outside the mansion (the caretaker's dog), an owl on a tree branch.If anyone wants a copy (in PDF format), PM me.
*Madame Leota speaks only in rhyme. She doesn't wise-crack or have any "sassy" dialogue, though the script ends with a goofy scene of her helping Jim bake a cake for his son's birthday.
*Upon arriving at the mansion, the Evers see the old caretaker and his dog. The caretaker has one line (he gives them a spooky warning), and then he is never seen or mentioned again.
*The horse-drawn carriage careens down the corridors of the house and goes straight through a mural before going into the graveyard. The ghosts in the graveyard are absent.
*Most of Jim Evers' dialogue is rife with pointless pop culture references. There was a lot of that in the finished film, but here it's practically every other line.
*The writer was obviously familiar with the Story and Song album.
Example: "An unnatural fog chokes the old, crooked tombstones."
*The key-bearing skeleton in the mausoleum is unambiguously Ramsley.
Useless trivia: his first name is James.
*There are a lot of trap doors and secret passages.
*It is not shown or told how Gracey died.
*The 13-hour clock is more significant.
*No singing busts.