Ron Howard spoke on the change, quoted by Deadline, calling it "A little opportunity that came my way." I'm sure he said it with a smile!
Howard spoke excitedly about the way his life turned out, working with George Lucas in 1972, and when he spoke about the idea he had for a "Science Fiction" movie.
"...he said, ‘Yeah, I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like Flash Gordon with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.’ I thought, ‘That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.'”
He also noted that when the first movie finally came out, that his wife and he went to see it on the first day of the release, stood in line for 2 hours to see it, got out, and were so obsessed, they stood in another 90-minute line to watch it again.
Considering that type of history and warm memory surrounding Star Wars for Ron Howard, we know that he will do what he can to the letter to make this Han Solo Prequel be exactly the way it's supposed to be.
Amy Cooper is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.