Valley tech company offers to release Sony's 'The Interview'

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The President and CEO of a tech startup with headquarters in Phoenix has made an offer to Sony Pictures to release the controversial film The Interview.

Dan Goman, founder of ownzones.com, a subscription-based website said they made the pitch, but are still waiting for a response.

"In the last month we launched a number of movie channels, so action movies, horror movies all kinds of movies, you can access around genres," Goman said.

The Interview would be a welcome addition. The comedy about a plot to kill North Korean Dictator Kim Jung Un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, was supposed to be released Christmas Day, but Sony scrapped that.

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton said the decision came as a result of major movie theater chains backing out of showing the film after hackers threatened theaters.

The FBI has since said North Korea was behind the Sony hacking.

"We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie," Lynton said on CNN.

Goman is now offering Sony the chance to prove that. And while there is an obvious business component to his offer, he told 3TV the main reason he is doing this is personal.

The entrepreneur is from formerly communist Romania.

"Apparently have this, this communist regime trying to stifle free speech right in the middle of the bastion of free speech, it just made my blood boil we had to deal with it as a family, I barely escaped when I was six years old with my family," he said.

He went on to say releasing the film through ownzones isn't so much about the merit of the movie but rather free speech and the 'scary' precedent not releasing it at all could set.

"You give them an inch, they'll take a mile. I think that's the way it goes with these people. and so it's an encouragement for others to do the same thing and who knows what's next," he said.

As of airtime Monday night Goman has not heard back from Sony Pictures.

He said if they do go for it, ownzones would likely charge between 99 cents and $1.99 for the movie and that all proceeds would be donated.

"I mean what a great way to turn a bad situation into a good situation, right? You've got a regime trying to stifle free speech and now we can turn it around and advance the cause of free speech across the world by donating all the proceeds," said Goman.