There are still some people out there who don’t want to believe that the original release date of The Force Awakens was May 22, 2015. That was the date that Disney had reserved for the movie prior to moving it to its December date. That move is still affecting things related to Episode VII, and its why we’re going to see the action figures so early this year.
Now there’s even more proof to the original May release date. It seems like George Lucas himself was in deep development of the sequel trilogy before selling to Disney according to USA Today:
Lucas already started to develop the next three Star Wars films, but he knew a third trilogy was a 10-year commitment at least. He at first expected to finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell the company afterward.
But Disney expressed interest and came along at the right moment, Lucas says. “It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself.
There are people out there who like to say that Lucas just handed over some scribbled notes to Disney, in an attempt to say that the movies have nothing to do with him. But we know he handed over detailed outlines, and Disney wouldn’t even finalize the purchase contact until they had those. This backs up that Lucas was working on the Sequel Trilogy a lot longer than his haters on the internet want to believe.