Over the past couple weeks, Pixar’s upcoming 3D, CGI feature John Carter of Mars has been in the news due to the change of its release date. It was originally set to be a summer blockbuster, but was moved up March 9, 2012. That means director Andrew Stanton and his production team have less time to make the finishing touches on the digital feast. Over at MTV, they spoke with Stanton who gave a status update on the film’s progress, and he revealed what we can expect from his live action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic.

On the look and tone of John Carter of Mars:

“I didn’t try to make it look like anything else. I really tried to make it its own thing. I tried to make a very historically accurate Martian film if that makes sense, so I’ll let you decipher that.”

On the production status of the film:

“I’m not in post-production — I’m in digital principal photography now, which goes on for the rest of 2011, so I’m only halfway through the movie.”

As you can see, the new release date definitely added some more pressure to the helmer. If he completes production at the end of the year, he’ll barely have three months to finalize everything in post. The only way this could work in a timely manner, is if he tries to render and edit everything as he goes. With his background in animation and computer graphics, we’re sure he knows his way around an editing suite. He should be able to do this.

Do you think John Carter of Mars will be completed in time?