By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 19, 2002 12:00 PM
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He’s gone from the R-rated “Beverly Hills Cop” to the family-oriented “Dr. Dolittle.” He’s also made a jackass of himself — delightfully — in “Shrek,” and is set to resurface in the upcoming sequel. Now, says Variety, Eddie Murphy, 40, is also preparing to share the screen with some ghosts in a proposed movie inspired by a popular Disneyland and Disney World attraction, to be called “Haunted Mansion.” Cameras are expected to roll come this November. Murphy would play a somewhat neglectful father who undergoes a transformation when he and his family visit a haunted house where he encounters . . . well, you can imagine. (Abbott and Costello, may they rest in peace, must be rolling over in their graves.) The Haunted Mansion first opened in California’s Disneyland in 1963 (the Florida version opened in 1971, with the rest of the park) and was recently refurbished to include some material from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The ride features a theme song called “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” penned by the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the Academy Award-winning score for Disney’s 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” as well as the well-known theme-park song, “It’s a Small World.” No word on what music will be used in the Murphy feature, but Variety does say that “The Lion King” director Rob Minkoff is in discussions with the studio to direct the picture.