Aristophanes, why don't you let Simon do the worrying for his company. If you are truly concerned, go out and buy your first film camera and your first roll of film. Go out and make pictures instead of blathering on about how soon film will go the way of the buggy whip.
Tell that to Kodak shareholders who have been wiped out by the 99% loss of film customers.
Buggy whips are still made. So are buggies. Put your effort where your mouth is and make your own film.
Haven't seen The Artist yet but the snippets I've seen look very good. I just hope they don't, you know, come out with a 3D colourized version in a few months
I suspect that we'll see more back-to-the-future cine in the coming years. There has been so much 3D / CG / blue panther nonsense, there have to be some gritty, realistic, confrontational films in the works. Once Hollywood is finished making 3D spectacles out of everything from Star Wars to Gone with the Wind.